What Should I Expect From a Personal Injury Deposition in Illinois?
We have discussed factors that influence how long it might take to settle your personal injury case — but what should you expect from a personal injury deposition?
A deposition is an important tool that an attorney uses to gather information from an opposing party. It is essentially a simple question-and-answer period — albeit one that tends to be lengthy — and it is used by your personal injury attorney or the opposing attorney to assess the facts and merits of the case and to assess possible strategies on how to move forward.
What Should I Do During a Deposition?
If you find yourself being summoned to a personal injury deposition, the first thing you should expect is to be put under oath. You will then be asked a series of questions in the presence of your personal injury attorney. These questions may involve your background and history of prior incidents of personal injury (if any), in addition to details of the personal injury incident for which you are pursuing legal action.
Here is some general advice on handling questions at a personal injury deposition:
- Listen to the entirety of the question before answering. You should also pause briefly before giving an answer in case your attorney wishes to interject.
- When you answer a question, do not give any information beyond the scope of that question. Do not make up an answer or guess if you do not know the answer to a question. Everything you say during the deposition could be used against you in your case.
- Do not bring notes or other written materials, since the other party’s attorney is allowed to review written materials that are brought to the deposition.
This process may sound intimidating, but your personal injury attorney will usually hold a practice deposition with you to review the facts of the case and to ensure that you are ready for what is to come.
Rubens and Kress Concentrates in Personal Injury Cases
If you have been the victim of a personal injury, you need an attorney with ample experience in that area of the law. Rubens and Kress is a Chicago law firm that charges absolutely no fee unless you collect. To discuss your options, contact Rubens and Kress online, at 312-201-9640, or toll-free at 866-890-9640.