6 Things to Know Before your Deposition

1. Tell the truth. Telling the truth is not only morally wise but it will also help you during your deposition and in the possible subsequent trial. If jurors discover that you have lied about one thing, even a small thing, your entire credibility falls apart and winning a trial will be almost impossible.

2. Know your answers to your discovery. Before your deposition will take place, you will submit answers to questions given by the opposing attorney. It is wise to read and know your answers to these questions before you are deposed. This will ensure truthful answers that will sustain your valuable credibility.

3. Remember the defense attorney is assessing how you will look and sound to a jury. Even though you are not in front of a jury, you should act as you were by making sure that every word and gesture you make comes off as calm and believable. Defense attorneys will exploit any chance they get to make you appear unlikable to a jury.

4. Avoid superlatives. Superlative statements are statements in which people explain things in an excessive or exaggerated manner. These are often used by people being deposed to overstate the degree of their injuries and other ailments. Superlatives should be avoided because they will make you appear unlikable and sound unbelievable to a jury.

5. Listen, think…then answer. People frequently are so anxious to answer questions that they will answer them without thinking the question over. This can cause incorrect, untrue answers to be given that could cause contradictions in your testimony or create the impression that you have something to hide. Both of these can be detrimental in front of a jury.

6. Relax. Tensions are high when giving depositions but it is important to just relax. Do not panic or become anxious when difficult questions are asked but simply relax and answer the questions to the best of your ability. If you are relaxed, the jury will find you far more likable and believable. No matter how bad or difficult things may seem, remember the world will not come to an end…later that night you will be in your pajamas, regardless of what happens. We are here to protect you.

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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