Tips for Your Deposition

When you sit for your deposition for your personal injury case, you may feel worried or nervous about the nature of the process. YourFirstCoastpersonal injury attorney will prepare you and coach you on what to say and how to conduct yourself. Here are some general tips on how to make a good impression: You may be asked to sketch a diagram of the scene of the collision or incident. You may want to prepare such a diagram before your deposition and have your personal injury attorney review it first. Make sure, in your deposition, to state that your diagram is drawn to best of your memory and that you are not an expert on details, measurements, or distances. You may be asked if you have talked to anybody else about the case. Answer truthfully; it is OK if you answer that you have discussed the case with your attorney, your family, friends, and business associates. It may be tempting, but do not look to your attorney for assistance in answering unless it has to do with some detail of the litigation. You are only expected to answer questions to the best of your ability, and it is ok if you are uncertain about specifics like dates and times. If your attorney thinks the question is unclear, he or she will interject and assist, but do not rely on that. If you are considering a personal injury claim, contact experiencedFirstCoastpersonal injury attorney John Fagan 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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