Tips for Testifying at Your Personal Injury Trial
If your personal injury case goes to trial, you may be frightened at the prospect of testifying before a jury about what happened. Testifying can be intimidating, but an Irvine personal injury attorney will be able to prepare you and coach you to say the right things and tell your story most effectively. Here are some tips for witnesses preparing to take the stand:
Tell your story with confidence. Some people seize up on the stand and speak in a low voice and in a halting manner that seems insecure; this makes the jury doubt their credibility. Instead, speak in a confident voice and positive manner to give the jury reason to believe you. Your Irvine personal injury attorney may give you other advice before you actually testify.
Don’t get distracted by papers put down in front of you. Think of it like a TV newscast: newscasters know how to communicate information without keeping their eyes on the paper. Don’t look down at your paper and answer at the same time, as the jury will lose eye contact with you and might not pay attention to you. If you are being asked a question, don’t look down at what’s in your hands, but pay close attention to the attorney asking you and make sure you understand what they are asking. Listen to the question, then look at your report if you need to, then look back and confidently answer the question.
If you need help preparing to testify at a personal injury case, contact skilled Irvine personal injury attorney Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084 for a free initial consultation.