Your Orange Park personal injury lawyer will want you to be aware of several purposes your deposition serves. First, the attorney for the defense wants to size you up. If he or she believes you are honest and likeable, the chances your case will be settled are greater. Second, the defense attorney may attempt to trap you by giving inconsistent testimony or statements concerning your case. Therefore, you should be as accurate and truthful as possible at all times. Last, the deposition gives the defense attorney an opportunity to obtain as much information as he or she can in order to adequately prepare for trial. Your Orange Park personal injury attorney will advise against trying to hide or neglect any information.
Make no attempt to exaggerate the loss of income you have experienced as a result of the accident. Your Orange Park personal injury lawyer will go over this aspect of your testimony before the deposition occurs.
When you are questioned about prior injuries, describe to the best of your knowledge any injuries you have previously experienced or if you believe you have not had any previous injuries.
Having good recollection and knowledge of your current actual injuries is important. Think carefully about and perhaps make a written record of the pain your injuries have caused, their progression and the limitations they have imposed on your daily activities. Your Orange Park personal injury lawyer may want to review your notes before the deposition although you will not be allowed to use them when testifying.
Prepare a chronological list of each physician and other type of medical personnel you have seen for treatment of your injuries.
A competent Orange Park personal injury lawyer can assist you in preparation for your deposition. To request a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable Orange Park personal injury attorney, please contact First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000.
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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