How to Handle a Deposition

If your personal injury claim proceeds to litigation, you will inevitably have to give a deposition prior to your trial. However, you should not let this intimidate you. A deposition is just testimony given outside of trial, and your Florida personal injury attorney will help you prepare for it. Doing well at a deposition is relatively straightforward. Make sure to carefully read—not skim—all of the materials that your lawyer asked you to read. You should arrive on time and be dressed appropriately. Wear nothing that you wouldn’t wear to an important job interview. Listen carefully to the questions that the defense attorney asks you. Wait until you hear the entire question, and think before you speak. Speak clearly and never say more than you have to. Rambling and giving extra information to the defense may damage your case. It is also very important that you be polite to the defense attorney and not try to argue with him. It is your attorney’s job to argue on your behalf; he will do that in court, in front of a judge. The final, most important rule is: never lie during a deposition, even if you think the truth will hurt your case. Your attorney can handle circumstantial evidence that might seem incriminating. However, your case can be demolished if you are caught in a lie, even a seemingly innocuous one. A good Florida personal injury attorney will be preparing you to testify long before you actually step into the deposition room. If you have to litigate your claim, make sure you have the right attorney. Call experienced Florida personal injury attorney John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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