Deposition Legal Definition

What is a Deposition?” 

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Deposition Legal Definition

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Deposition legal definition: A deposition is testimony given under oath outside the confines of a courtroom. The purpose of depositions is essentially to get important case-related information on the record. Depositions are recorded by an authorized officer for later use in court proceedings. While procedures for depositions vary from state to state, they are generally attended by an authorized officer, the person being deposed, and attorneys from both sides.

Depositions can be costly because there are fees for the court reporter or another authorized agent to transcribe and prepare a written report. There may also be fees associated with expert witnesses called to make a statement on your behalf.

If you are being deposed as part of a personal injury claim, it’s important to come prepared. Prior to a deposition make sure you review:

  • Your medical records
  • Your notes regarding the accident 
  • Information related to your injury and their symptoms
  • Details related to missed work

As a rule of thumb in depositions:

  • DO listen to the entire question before proceeding with an answer
  • DO answer clearly
  • DON’T volunteer information 
  • DON’T guess 
  • DON’T get flustered

Remember: You will receive a written transcript of all depositions, and can make necessary corrections once the report is received.

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Depositions and Car Accident Cases

Depositions in car accident cases are very common. They come into play following the initial filing of a suit, during what it known as the discovery process. Many different types of questions are posed during a deposition, which may touch on issues related to:

  • Your personal information such as your address, date of birth, and immediate family members
  • Your medical history
  • Your recollections of the accident that caused your injuries

Car accident cases can include depositions from myriad parties, including:

  • Witnesses to the accident
  • Medical providers
  • Defense witnesses
  • Expert witnesses


Depositions and Medical Malpractice Cases

In medical malpractice cases, depositions are taken during the discovery process, which could last a year or longer. During this time, attorneys for both parties seek out documents and information to help bolster their case.

Depositions are essential to building a medical malpractice case. In addition to deposing witnesses to the malpractice and the ensuing injuries, as well as all involved medical providers, it is often necessary to hire an expert witness. 

Deposing witnesses in medical malpractice cases is legal work best left to experienced attorneys. If you have been the victim of a medical error and are seeking legal compensation, call a malpractice attorney today for the best possible outcome in your case.


Depositions and Personal Injury Cases

Depositions are a regular part of nearly every type of personal injury case including those caused by:

  • Car accidents
  • Defective products
  • A slip and fall accident
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workplace accident

No matter how you were injured, don’t go it alone: Depositions can help make or break your injury claim. Let an experienced personal injury lawyer handle the legal legwork so you can get the maximum amount of legal compensation allowed by law.


Depositions and Workers’ Compensation Cases

Depositions are a routine part of most workers’ compensation cases. Generally, depositions in workers’ compensation claims involve questions regarding:

  • Your background
  • Prior work injuries
  • How the accident occured
  • Medical treatment you are undergoing or have undergone
  • Current work limitations

Depositions also come into play when your workers’ compensation claim has been denied and you appeal the decision. 




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