Being involved in a slip and fall accident can be very painful and life changing. If there is some evidence that holds another party or entity responsible for your injury, you may want to pursue a personal injury claim for your slip and fall. There are several steps involved in pursuing a personal injury claim. One of those steps is called a “deposition.” This is the opportunity for the slip and fall victim to get their story on record. If you have never been involved in a personal injury case, it is not surprising that you do not know what to do at this point. It is important for you to understand what the deposition is and what will be expected of you if you have to appear for one.
Questioned by Attorneys
First and foremost, a deposition can make or break your case. This is when you are questioned by the attorneys on the other side about what happened and what your personal injury claim is actually for. There are many parts of a personal injury case that may seem very redundant. You might find that the deposition seems almost identical to the interrogatories. Interrogatories are questions asked by the opposing side about your version of what happened — this may also include personal questions. If you have already submitted interrogatories, you may already be prepared for your deposition. While you have already submitted your document, a deposition is the opportunity for the opposing counsel to get to see your face while answering these questions.
Focusing on the Details of Your Case
Opposing counsel may ask questions like, “How exactly did the accident occur?” They will want you to break down your event detail in detail. The reason for this is because this is the most important focus in detail of your case. This is your opportunity to explain to opposing counsel exactly how you became a victim of a slip and fall. It may be very triggering and tiring to explain, but they expect every detail leading up to and following your accident. They may ask what type of shoes you were wearing, if you were holding anything, and if so what it was. They may want to know if you were looking down or were you looking at your phone. They may ask where exactly did you slip and with which foot did you slip. They may ask you exactly what body part hit the ground first. They may even ask you if there was ice, and did you see it before you fell?
Contact an Attorney
In depositions, it is very common for a victim to feel like the at fault party. Do not be discouraged. Should you or someone you love be a victim of a slip and fall talk to an attorney, like a personal injury attorney from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., to assist you as soon as possible.