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Oakland County, MI – Attorney Discusses How to Survive Your Deposition

Oakland County, MI – Attorney Discusses How to Survive Your Deposition

Hello, my name is John Alexander, and I am a personal injury attorney, with offices in Oakland County, and practicing throughout the entire state of Michigan. Today, I want to talk to you about how to survive your deposition. If you’ve been injured in Michigan, whether by auto accident, slip, and fall, construction accident, you probably have retained an attorney, and filed a lawsuit, and have sued the person that has caused your injury. Well, at some point in time, during the lawsuit, the defense, or the person that you sued is going to take you deposition, and I’m going to tell you how to survive this deposition. There are a couple rules to remember. First rule is to remember that they are your enemy, they are not your friend. It’s very easy to engage in conversation. They’ll be nice, they’ll be friendly, they’re going to want you to talk a lot and give up a lot of information. But the first rule, other than knowing that they’re really your enemy, is to answer the question that they ask and stop talking. If they ask you your name, you just say your name and stop talking, they ask your address, you say your address and you stop talking. I’ll give you an example.

I had a client who didn’t abide by that rule. They had a question; they asked her where did you live at? And, I’ll just give you an address; she said 123 street back in 1999. And the attorney said, well where did you live before that? Oh, I lived at XYZ Street but we rented an apartment and the landlord kicked us out, because we had too many late night parties. Well, he didn’t ask her about late night parties, the attorney just asked where she lived, so, you could imagine, the next 30 minutes were her social habits, drinking habits, and party habits. So answer the question that they ask and stop talking. Also, don’t volunteer any information, otherwise it will give them more information to ask about, and you’ll be there a lot longer. Another rule is, don’t guess; if you’re not sure about something, that’s fine-but if you guess and you guess wrong-the attorney later on in the lawsuit will make you look like a liar. It’ll tell everyone that you intentionally lied even though you know that you’re guessing.

Your credibility is very important in a lawsuit and you don’t want to lose that. And obviously, tell the truth, especially about your prior injuries. The attorney’s going to be asking you questions about prior injuries. Let’s say you injure your back in an auto accident but you say, oh, he doesn’t need to know about that prior back injury. But you need to mention it, because he will find out about it when he gets your medical records. And if you don’t disclose it, again, you’ll look like a liar. So always tell the truth, and don’t volunteer information. Answer only the questions that they ask, and you’ll do fine.

Oakland County, MI – Attorney Discusses How to Survive Your Deposition

If you have any questions about depositions or any other matter, you can call me at 248-290-5600.

Oakland County, MI – Attorney Discusses How to Survive Your Deposition

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