If your loved one got deposed by the defendant in a personal injury case, they might be nervous about it. I’ve already discussed some tips for successfully handling the deposition. But, you can also consider these common deposition questions to help prepare. These questions may or may not be asked during the deposition. But, preparing for these questions can help your loved one’s confidence during the deposition. Here are some common deposition questions that your loved one might face.
1. What is Your Personal Background?
The defendant’s lawyer will start out with a few general questions. This might seem like it is irrelevant to the case. But, the lawyer is trying to establish your loved one’s character. This will partially serve to help the defendant’s lawyer how your loved one will appear to a judge or jury. If your loved one’s personal situation will make a judge more sympathetic, the defendant’s lawyer wants to know.
2. Have You Ever Gotten Arrested or Convicted of a Crime?
Again, this question will help the defendant’s lawyer understand how sympathetic a judge or jury might find your loved one. If your loved one answers yes to this question, the lawyer might use this information in court. They might try to establish a negative character for your loved one. Even if this is the case, don’t panic. Your loved one’s lawyer will be able to establish a positive character for him or her in court.
3. Have You Ever Been Part of a Lawsuit Before This One?
The defense is interested in previous lawsuits that your loved one was involved in. Again, they are trying to establish your loved one’s character. If your loved one participated in several lawsuits, the defense might use this. They might try to argue that your loved one is using the court system to get money. You should only be concerned by this claim if your loved one was involved in several lawsuits. Still, a good lawyer can help you refute these claims.
4. Please Explain Your Medical History
The lawyer seeks to understand preexisting medical issues. These issues could have been a factor in your loved one’s injuries. Some medical issues are not always the result of neglect or abuse. These issues can result from a resident falling when trying to get out of bed in the middle of the night. An employee might not know that this happened. Or, an illness that wasn’t diagnosed could cause medical issues. If this is the case, the defendant might not be guilty of personal injury.
5. Were You Neglected or Abused? If So, Please Explain How
The defendant’s lawyer will most likely ask your loved one to explain the neglect or abuse in their own words. The defense will want to know your loved one’s perspective of the neglect or abuse. They will also want to know the evidence that they have. Talking about what happened might be difficult for your loved one. But, if asked, they need to be honest and descriptive about the neglect or abuse. You can help your loved one prepare for this question by asking them to walk you through what happened. For many people, discussing neglect or abuse becomes easier the more that they talk about it.
6. What Injuries Did You Sustain from the Neglect or Abuse?
The defendant’s lawyer will probably ask your loved one to explain their injuries. The defense needs to be aware of the injuries that your loved one is claiming. This is so that they can prepare to refute these statements in court. Be sure that your loved one is prepared to disclose information about each injury.
7. How Have Your Injuries Changed Your Life?
The defense wants to know the extent that injuries have affected day-to-day life. Are the injuries severe and lasting? Is the emotional damage that your loved one experienced significant? These factors could impact the compensation awarded to your loved one. The defense will want to understand how significant the injuries were.