Slip and fall victims will likely have a premises liability case on their hand that can end up in litigation against the owner of the premises.
As the plaintiff in the case, you will be asked to provide a deposition. A deposition is out of court statements about the facts related to a lawsuit. During the deposition, you will need to answer questions from the defendant’s attorneys under oath.
Depositions play a huge part in any litigation. Many cases can be lost and won on deposition testimony. It is the first method the opposing counsel has to hear your oral testimony and your story. As a result it is important to have any questions you have regarding deposition testimony answered by your attorney before the deposition begins. It is also important to remember to answer truthfully, do not speculate, and only answer questions that are specifically asked of you. If you do not know the answer to a question, say “I do not know”. Remember not to discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney.
When you are asked a question, take a moment to think about the answer before you formulate and articulate it to the attorney. Do not feel rushed. If you do not understand a question, do not hesitate to ask the speaker to repeat the question or to rephrase it.
Once you are prepared to be deposed in a slip and fall case, know that you will be asked about the day of the fall in painstaking detail. You will be asked about the weather, the condition of the property, your familiarity with the premises, your purpose for being on the premises, and many details about your state of mind and other activities that day.
Do not be offended by the level of detail in the line of questioning. The attorney is trying to build a case and figure out another way you could have been injured on the premises other than by the fault of the defendant.
You will need an experienced slip and fall attorney to help build your case and prove that you were injured through no fault of your own, but as a result of a dangerous condition on the premises. Your attorney will depose witnesses in the case to show that there was a defect on the premises and as a result, the defendant should compensate you.