Filing a First Party no fault insurance lawsuit is only one step in the process to getting your benefits. The insurance companies make their money by fighting claims like yours. Don’t let the process intimidate you into settling for less. The auto accident attorneys at Christensen Law can help you live through your no fault lawsuit, including the deposition.
What is a Deposition?
A deposition is an in-person interview by the lawyers before your lawsuit go to trial. Even though depositions usually happen in a lawyer’s office, it is still a formal process that can be used later in court. A deposition is recorded word-for-word by a court reporter (or stenographer). Both lawyers can get a copy of the transcript afterward and refer to it later.
What Questions Will You Be Asked?
But don’t let the formal nature of a deposition worry you! You are already an expert in what you need to know. If you are the injured party in a no-fault deposition, most of the questions will be about you:
- Your health and medical history before the accident;
- What happened during the accident;
- How you were injured;
- What treatments you have had; and
- How your injuries are affecting your life.
You are an expert in you, so there’s no need to worry.
How Can You Prepare?
Your Christensen Law auto accident attorneys will help you get ready for your no fault deposition. They will help you put together your experiences into a consistent story and fill in any details you may have forgotten. You can also go through a practice session, where an attorney or team member will ask you questions to help you get over any performance jitters before the day of your no fault deposition.
A lot of people are most worried about when the insurance company’s attorneys ask you questions. Even though they are your adversary in the courtroom, it is important to remember they are still just people. They don’t know as much about your accident as you do. If it feels like they are trying to trick you, just think back to your story and answer as honestly as you can.
Tips For Your No Fault Deposition
On the day of your no fault deposition, there are a few tips that will make you look like a pro:
- Answer each question out loud, saying yes or no rather than uh-huh or uh-uh. The court reporter will thank you.
- If you don’t know and answer, say so! It’s better to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” than to make something up.
- Only answer what was asked. Especially when the insurance lawyers are asking you questions, giving too much information will only give them more to ask questions about. If it is a yes or no question, say yes or no. Your lawyer will give you a chance to explain later if it will help our case.
And remember, you won’t be there alone. Your car accident attorney will be sitting right beside you, backing you up.