When you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, your Orange Park injury attorney will help you prepare for the long and tedious process of litigation. At some point, you will have to sit for a deposition, which is the oral testimony you give before the trial begins. The insurance company’s attorney will ask you questions about the case, and your answers will be recorded by a court recorder or on tape. You will be sworn in and asked to sign an affidavit attesting to the accuracy of the printed transcript of your testimony.
Defense Will Size You Up
The defense counsel will use the deposition to size you up before trial. The defense will want to know what kind of witness you appear to be, how prepared and credible you are, and how believable the jury will find you. If you appear unprepared and unable to answer simple questions, the value of your case will drop dramatically.
Re-Read Your Answers to Interrogatories
To avoid this and maximize the amount of damages you can expect, it is a good idea to re-read your answers to interrogatories a few times before the deposition to ensure that you are familiar with your answers and can refer to them consistently. Dress appropriately as if you were going to a job interview, and make sure to speak clearly and answer questions with good enunciation and clarity. It is extremely important you answer all questions truthfully and accurately, even if you think it may hurt your case.
If you have further questions about how to prepare for your deposition, contact Orange Park injury attorney John Fagan at (904) 215-5555
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.
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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