Giving a Video Deposition – Answer Only the Question Asked

Personal injury attorney lawyerMany are intimidated by the prospect of giving a video deposition. However, performing well in a video deposition is simply a matter of following a few simple pieces of advice from a knowledgeable Orange County personal injury attorney. The three most important pieces of advice are perhaps the most obvious: listen to the entire question, answer all parts of the question, and do not volunteer extra information.

It is important to listen to the entire question and answer all parts of it. Sometimes, attorneys will ask two questions as if it were one question. This can lead some witnesses to offer incomplete or ambiguous answers. For example if a witness answers “yes” to “Did you leave the store immediately and were you injured there?,” then the answer is ambiguous as it is not clear whether the witness is saying that he left the store or that he is injured. In order to properly respond to such a question, the witness should say something like: “No, I did not leave immediately, and yes, I was injured there.”

You should also resist the temptation to offer extra, unnecessary information. The other attorney may wait and look at you, as if waiting for you to finish your already complete answer. Some clients take this cue and continue talking. You do not need to answer further if you feel you have completely answered the question.

Experienced Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas may be able to get you the money you deserve for your injury. Call (888) 848-5084 today for a free initial consultation.

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