- June 26, 2012
- In deposition
When testifying at your personal injury deposition or trial, you might feel nervous and intimidated that you might say something wrong. An Irvine personal injury attorney will be able to help you prepare and put your mind at ease.
When testifying, it is a good idea to avoid overly vague or ambitious terms that indicate you are uncertain of your answer. Sentences that begin with “I guess,” “I may have,” “Perhaps,” “Possibly,” “If I’m not mistaken,” “I think,” or “Maybe” do not instill your attorney or the judge with confidence that what you are saying is the truth.
But on the other hand, don’t guess as to the answer to a question. If you can only answer a question by guessing, it is wise to just say “I don’t know.” Even if you feel you should know the answer to a question, it is OK to admit that you don’t, and it is better to do that than to take a wild guess as to what you think the answer should be. Don’t be afraid of appearing ignorant or evasive by saying you don’t know.
It is ok to make an estimate or approximation if you have enough information to make a reasonably confident guess, but make sure that you explicitly state that what you are saying is just an approximation and not something you know for sure is accurate.
If you have further questions about what to expect at your testimony or deposition, contact dedicated and knowledgeable Irvine personal injury attorney Samer Habbas today by calling 888-848-5084. The initial consultation is free of charge.
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