What Happens After a Deposition in a Car Accident Case?

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A couple sits for a deposition in a car accident case.Before a car accident lawsuit goes to trial, the discovery phase of the litigation process will occur. In the discovery phase, both parties involved in the lawsuit will have the opportunity to request the opposing party to supply answers to their questions (known as interrogatories), requests for production (records, documents, etc.), and may request that the party become deposed. A deposition will occur after litigation has been well on its way, and after deposition, the liable driver’s insurer might raise its settlement offer, otherwise, the case may go to trial. An experienced attorney can help guide you through the settlement and litigation process to ensure that you are receiving the best possible outcome to receive just compensation for your accident-related injuries.

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Car Accident Deposition

In the discovery phase of a personal injury lawsuit, depositions are a typical component of the litigation process. Before a deposition is scheduled, the following parts of the legal process will have likely occurred:

  1.   After obtaining a lawyer, your attorney will file a lawsuit against the liable party(s) for the car collision in which you have sustained injuries.
  2. A summons and complaint will be drafted by your legal team and filed in court, and a copy will be served to the at-fault driver and their insurer.
  3.   The defendant, their insurers, and their attorney will review the complaint. The defendant’s attorney will file an official answer to the complaint.
  4.   The discovery portion of the legal process will begin, which will likely include interrogatories, requests for production, and depositions.
  5.   A deposition will likely be scheduled for a specific date, time, and location, in which you (the car accident injury victim) will be deposed.
  6. Your attorney will guide you through the legal process and assist you with navigating all required components of discovery that concern your involvement.

Car Accident Lawsuit Depositions

Depositions will often occur as a type of oral discovery in a car accident litigation case. During a deposition, details and topics pertaining to the car accident will be explored in more detail. Depositions generally occur at a law office or a court reporter’s building. During a deposition, parties who are likely to be present include:

  •   You and your attorney
  •   Opposing counsel, who will be asking the questions during the deposition
  •   A court reporter

During a deposition, you will still be sworn in before proceeding with the deposition, which means that your testimony is under oath. Testifying under oath in a deposition is akin to testifying on a witness stand in open court, although a deposition is not a formal court proceeding and will not be heard in front of a jury or judge.

A deposition will typically consist of a defense attorney posing a series of questions to the car accident injury victim. Your attorney will help prepare you and guide you through the deposition process. It is your right to answer the question posed to you by opposing counsel in as few words as possible without volunteering additional information. Any information you provide during a deposition is grounds for warranting a follow-up question. Depositions are not a time for you to disclose your entire story. It is best to answer questions succinctly as they arise and state clearly if you do not remember or are unsure of an answer.

It is also important to note that the primary purpose of a deposition is to aid the defense attorney or at-fault party’s insurer in discovering what you remember about the accident and the extent of your injuries. Therefore, you should never guess, alter facts, or jump to conclusions when making assertions under oath in your deposition. A court reporter will transcribe a transcript of the deposition that includes what all parties said during the deposition verbatim. This transcript may be referred to later by either party during the trial.

After the Deposition

After your deposition is taken and the legal discovery process is wrapped up, a court may require parties involved in a car accident lawsuit to attend a pretrial settlement conference using some type of ADR (alternative dispute resolution) conference. Mediation is a form of ADR commonly used in car accident cases before proceeding to trial. In mediation, a third-party, typically a lawyer or retired judge, will oversee the ADR proceeding to attempt to get both parties to resolve a case outside of court. This process will either end in a resolution both parties can agree to or the case proceeding to trial.

If the case cannot be resolved through settlement or mediation, the case will likely continue on to trial. In a trial, a car accident injury victim will testify under oath regarding facts about the accident and their injuries before a jury in court. After listening to testimony, the jury will decide what the accident injury victim is entitled to regarding compensation for their damages.  Alternatively, parties may agree to binding arbitration instead of proceeding to trial.

Personal Injury Attorney

Navigating a car accident injury case can be a daunting process. Obtaining an experienced car accident attorney can be the key to eliminating your stress and allowing you to focus on healing while knowing that your attorney is fighting for you to receive the best possible outcome. A personal injury attorney can guide you through each step of the litigation process, counsel you with advisable actions, and help you decide what compensation is fair. Contact an attorney whose primary goal is to maximize the compensation you may receive for your suffering and injuries related to your accident.

Has a negligent driver injured you or a loved one? If so, do not wait to contact the experienced car accident personal injuries attorneys at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm. Call us today at (833) 254-2923 or contact us online to receive your free and confidential case evaluation. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, it should not be your burden to be responsible for your damages. Contact Ali Awad, ‘The CEO Lawyer’, and his team of experienced attorneys today to see what we can do to assist you.

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To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.

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Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm

Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.

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During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process. Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today. We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.

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