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If you haven’t already, please read the first post “Four Keys To Alabama Plaintiffs Being Prepared For Depositions – Background” and the second post “First Key To Alabama Plaintiffs Being Prepared For Depositions – Hear The Question”.

So, we heard the question asked. Does this mean we automatically answer? No. We need to understand the question.

Let’s go back to our police station example. The detective is trying to pin a murder on you (we will trust you did NOT do it!) and he asks you a question. Very loudly. No doubt about you hearing it. So that’s it, right? Well, what if the question is asked in Latin and you (like us) have no idea how to speak Latin? Can you truthfully say “Yes” or “No” or anything else other than “I don’t understand the question”?

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If you haven’t already, please read the first post “Four Keys To Alabama Plaintiffs Being Prepared For Depositions – Background”.

The first key to being prepared for a deposition is to make sure you have this firmly planted deep in your mind – you must hear the question. We know this sounds so basic – maybe even childish but let’s examine it.

Remember our metaphor of going to a police station and being accused of murder? The detective asks you questions and records your answers. What would you do if he asked you a question and you only heard half of the question? Maybe the fan comes on. Maybe someone rattles a cup full of ice. Maybe someone coughs. Maybe he is a “low talker” like the famous Seinfeld episode. Maybe he intentionally or unintentionally turns away from you or looks down at notes while he is talking. Whatever the reason – how would you answer this – “Isn’t it true that …… 3 o’clock ….. at the victim’s house?”

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When we represent Alabama clients who have been injured or who have suffered through the wrongful death of a family member, one of the more stressful events for them that they think about at the beginning of the case is being deposed by the defense lawyers. This series of blog posts describes part of what we do to turn the stress from this event into positive energy that will make giving a deposition good practice for testifying live in front of a jury.

Before we start on the four keys, a little background information is appropriate. For those who have never given a deposition, it is where the other lawyers are allowed to question you under oath about virtually anything – as long as it is somewhat related to the case. This would include details about the truck wreck, the fraud, your doctor visits, your lost income, your pain and suffering, your permanent injury, your background, etc.

We will be there in the conference room when you are deposed and we can object if there is an improper question asked. If we do not object, you must answer the question truthfully. The rules we are suggesting in these blog posts will help you to truthfully answer the question that is asked.

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