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What Should I Expect if I Have to Give a Deposition?

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A deposition can be an intimidating prospect, and clients of attorneys often have questions about what to expect. In this video, Personal Injury Attorney Tom Crosley explains how a typical deposition unfolds.

Crosley explains that during a deposition, the defense will usually ask detailed questions about your medical history and the circumstances of any accident or injury-causing event. It’s a major boost for the defense, he says, if they can catch you in a lie or even just make it appear as though they’re catching you in a lie during a deposition, which is why they will comb your answers carefully for any inconsistencies.

The bottom line, says Crosley, is that while you can’t anticipate every question, preparation is key to a successful deposition. You should go over your medical history carefully with your attorney and meet with them ahead of time so they can provide written instructions for what to expect, a list of rules, and some sample questions. These tips can help you enter a deposition in a confident state of mind and keep you from getting taken advantage of.

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