A personal injury case has many stages. The first stage is when the lawsuit is officially filed. Next is the discovery phase, which includes a process called the “deposition”. After the deposition, the case may go to trial, or a settlement is offered. Most people know what a lawsuit is, and of course, trials and settlements are also fairly well understood. It the deposition that causes a lot of confusion, which is why I want to take some time to thoroughly explain this part of the process to you.
A deposition is when an attorney, like myself, cross-examines a witness with a series of pre-selected questions. If a person is asked to be deposed and they refuse, they may be issued a subpoena. That means that they don’t have any say in the matter, they must show up to the deposition. All answers that are given during a deposition must be truthful and falsehoods can be treated like perjury (lying under oath).
Why would we want a deposition? We request a deposition for a variety of reasons, including:
- To preserve a testimony (in case something happens to a witness)
- To gather facts and evidence about the case
- To figure out if there are any weaknesses in the case
- To find out how someone will testify at the actual trial
A deposition is a critical part of a personal injury case and can help me win it for you. A good example of a witness that I may call for a deposition is a witness to your injury. For example, say you were injured by a drunk driver and they had a passenger in the car with them. We may depose their passenger to gather any facts about the driver, such as how many drinks the driver had, if the driver was speeding, or any other details they may remember.
If you have been injured due to negligence or recklessness, then you can’t try to take this case on by yourself. You need to call me today at 1 (800) 556-4769 for your free initial consultation. I’ll go over all aspects of the case with you so you can be confident that you will get the restitution that you deserve.
When I take your case, you will be given access to my personal cell phone number. That means that if you call me any hour of the day or night, I will answer. As your lawyer, I’ll also come to you. I’ll meet you at a restaurant or in your home, whatever is easiest for you. I’ll work on a contingency basis, which means that I only get paid if you get paid. My fee is a portion of your compensation.
I have served the greater Northern Ohio region for nearly 40 years and I’m now ready to represent you. I take on Big Cases with Big Results. If you have been injured by a careless third party, I’ll Make Them Pay!®
DISCLAIMER “Please understand the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with a preponderance of the evidence.”