Recommendations for a Video Deposition 

Jacksonville injury lawyerWhen preparing for a video deposition, there are several things your Jacksonville injury lawyer will want you to keep in mind.

When Giving Your Testimony, Your Jacksonville Injury Lawyer Will Advise You to Slow Down

Do not rush to answer the questions. Take your time and listen carefully so that you fully understand each question and what is specifically being asked. You are not required to answer questions as quickly as they are presented to you. The defense attorney may speak very rapidly, and you may find it difficult to think quickly and understand accurately what exactly is being asked. Make yourself slow down and let the attorney ask the whole question before you begin to formulate an answer. Your attorney knows that questions can often be construed in more than one way. If you do not understand what the defense attorney is asking, simply say so. Ask the attorney to repeat the question until you fully know and understand what is being asked.

Your Jacksonville Injury Lawyer Will Advise You to Keep Your Answers Short

Your Jacksonville injury lawyer can tell you that, on average, a person has a 90-second attention span. Therefore, jury members will most likely not fully pay attention to what you have to say beyond the initial 90 seconds of your answer. Television newscasters limit their news stories to 90 seconds since they are aware of this 90-second attention span. In fact, an average listener listens attentively to only the initial 30 seconds before beginning to “tune out.” This is why 30-second commercials are the norm. Therefore, keep your answers short. Answer each question as concisely as possible and then refrain from talking more. Never pass up an opportunity to quit talking. The jury is not interested in everything you may know; they are interested only in what is pertinent to the case and necessary to reach a decision. If your Jacksonville injury lawyer thinks you need to give more information, he or she will ask further questions.

Your Jacksonville Injury Attorney Will Reassure You Not to Worry about Forgetting Something

You may worry that you will neglect or forget to give an important piece of information. However, if you have forgotten anything that the jury specifically needs to know, your Jacksonville injury attorney will ask you about it.

Obtaining Legal Counsel

The legal counsel of a competent attorney can help you prepare to do your best at your deposition. Please contact First Coast Accident Lawyers at 904-278-1000 to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Jacksonville injury attorney. Call today and request a free 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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