Being a Good Witness
If your Florida personal injury claim proceeds to trial, successfully making recovery will depend in large part on your ability to give effective testimony. This may seem daunting, but yourFloridapersonal injury attorney will help you prepare for this. With some coaching, you will be able to give very effective testimony. Here are some of the things he might ask you to do:
First, it is very important that you are familiar with all the relevant facts about your case. It has likely been many months since your injury, so it would be a good idea to reread any depositions you give and any interrogatory answers you wrote to make sure you don’t contradict them on the stand. Review your medical history, and remind yourself which doctors you have seen, which hospitals you have been too, and what medications you have taken.
Second, you have to understand that certain topics are off limits. Your attorney will give you a more specific list of topics to be avoided, depending on your case. However, for the most part, all claimants should avoid mentioning the insurance company. They are not party to this trial, and testifying about them may result in a mistrial.
Finally, you should conduct yourself appropriately. Wear what you would wear to a PTA meeting. Do not make jokes on the stand. Be courteous to the judge and the other party’s attorney.
If you have an experienced Florida personal injury attorney on your side, you will not need to be worried about your trial. Call John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.
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