A deposition is a procedure before trial where parties are given the opportunity to ask questions for the purpose of obtaining information. Depositions are formal procedures where the participants may be asked to take an oath that they are stating the truth and sometimes a person may be forced to answer deposition questions through a subpoena. All questions and answers given at a deposition are recorded and the answers given can be used as evidence at trial. While a deposition is formal and the procedures are very court-like, they often take place outside of a courtroom.
The information that is gathered during a deposition can be very influential on the outcome of your case, such as liability and how much money you may be able to obtain. It is important to remain calm throughout the proceedings as the questions that are asked of you may be upsetting or aggravating. Take your time and answer the questions with a calm, clear mind. Answering questions while you are angry or upset may impede your case. Below are the types of questions that are commonly asked during depositions:
Some questions asked may relate to your background, such as:
- What previous injuries have you had?
- What previous illnesses have you had?
- What is your occupation?
- Do you been convicted of any crimes?
- Have you been involved with litigation before this?
Other questions asked may relate to the incidents that occurred that day:
- Were there any witnesses to the incident?
- Did you call the police?
- What happened to you?
- How were you injured?
- Did you see a doctor and receive treatment?
- How have your injuries affected your life?
- Are you still able to work?
The attorney may also ask you questions with regard to your reliability as a witness:
- How is your vision? Do you wear glasses? Were you wearing glasses at the time of the incident?
- How is your hearing?