Giving a deposition can be an intimidating prospect, but an Orange Park accidents attorney can prepare you thoroughly for the experience. The following are a few very basic tips that will assist you when providing your testimony:
• Answer the actual question and then stop talking. Do not volunteer information! By continuing to provide information beyond what was asked you may inadvertently say something that is harmful to your case. Remember to keep it short when providing responses in a deposition.
• Answer the question that was asked. Some lawyers will ask you two questions as though they were one question, so that you will answer “incorrectly” if you respond only to the last portion. Or another example is that a lawyer may state something that is incorrect as though it were a true statement, and then follow up with a question. Be sure that you fully answer the actual question that was asked.
• Stop and think before you answer. Your Orange Park accidents attorney will advise you to listen to the question and before answering, stop and think about what you are going to say. Make sure that you fully understand the question before giving your response. If you do not understand the question, ask the lawyer to clarify. There is no need to rush your answer. Then think about what the answer is to that actual question and respond by speaking directly to the camera in a confident manner.
Remembering these tips will put you well on your way to giving an effective video deposition. However, keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list. If you have further questions about video depositions or have a personal injury claim you’d like to pursue, Orange Park accidents attorney John Fagan can answer your questions. Call (904) 215-5555 to schedule a consultation.
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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