Know What Happens After a Car Accident Deposition

Written by Jeremy D. Earle, JD

June 13, 2022

CAR ACCIDENT DEPOSITS: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The millions of cars on our highways cause severe traffic congestion in certain parts of the country, and more cars mean more accidents.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you need to have a skilled attorney on your side fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. The easiest strategy to assist your recovery is to ensure that you are not concerned about how your expenses will be paid.

After a car accident, the last thing you need to be concerned about is how you will pay your expenses. You must concentrate on receiving the greatest medical care and attention possible, as well as devoting all of your time and energy to your physical rehabilitation. You can put your legal worries aside and concentrate on your physical needs when you have a trustworthy car accident attorney on your side, fighting to obtain you every dollar you deserve.

WHAT IS AND ISN’T A CAR ACCIDENT DEPOSITION? NOT

After you’ve filed a personal injury claim for your car accident injuries, you’ll have to take a deposition as part of the discovery process. Discovery is how each party’s attorneys  ask the opposing side questions and request documents and other information. Because it often leads to a settlement, discovery is a key aspect of the personal injury claims process. In reality, the great majority of civil matters are resolved without the need for a court appearance.

Because a trial may be costly and time-consuming, it is typically in both parties’ best interests to reach an agreement. By conducting discovery, the parties are brought together to discuss facts and, perhaps, reach an agreement.

A deposition is a chance for both parties to ask precise questions regarding the car accident from accident witnesses, expert witnesses, and victims like you. Although a deposition is recorded, it is not the same as a trial. A deposition is crucial because it enables your attorney to learn precisely what a witness recalls and what an expert has determined about the events surrounding your car accident. You don’t want to go all the way to trial just to find out that the accident was your responsibility, as judged by an accident reconstruction expert.

Depositions are also less formal than courtroom proceedings. Depositions are recorded with the assistance of a court reporter, and your remarks may be utilized if your case goes to trial. However, they normally take place at one of the attorneys’ offices or a neutral site.

Deposition questions are often more widespread than those found in a courtroom. Even if a court eventually orders to strike the question and response from the record, you may be obliged to answer the inquiry despite your attorney’s objections.

When you are under oath while giving a deposition, the experience will be less formal than delivering a deposition in a courtroom. It also has the advantage of allowing pertinent information to be shared, which may lead to a settlement, which many clients prefer to a lengthy trial.

TIMELINE DEPOSITION FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT

You may be wondering what happens next now that you know what a deposition is and isn’t. It’s worth noting that not every car accident lawsuit proceeds in the same way after a deposition. However, following a deposition, you may anticipate these things to happen in your car accident injury lawsuit.

THE TRANSCRIPT’S PREPARATION

A court reporter is required to document any court session or action as part of the court reporting program. This covers events that take place outside of the courtroom, such as depositions. This is critical to ensure that no one misinterprets what you said during the deposition and allow your attorney to analyze it afterward to ensure that they have gathered all of the material required for your case.

A deposition transcript might take a long time to prepare, particularly if the deposition was lengthy. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your car accident, a deposition might take a full day or even longer. As a consequence, receiving a copy of the deposition transcript from your attorney might take several weeks.

EXAMINING THE TRANSCRIPT

A certified copy of the deposition will be sent to your attorney and the attorney representing the at-fault driver when the court reporter completes the transcription. Your attorney will carefully analyze the transcript over the following several days or weeks to confirm that your remarks are accurate and collect any material they may have missed during the deposition or that is now much more important.

Often, either party’s counsel may decide that calling other witnesses to testify is necessary to obtain more evidence and information concerning the car accident. Other times, it may inspire one or both parties to understand that settling the dispute is in their best interests and work tirelessly to reach an agreement.

EXAMINATIONS BY DOCTORS

You may get significant injuries as a result of your car accident, depending on its severity. Every year, more than 3,000 people are killed in car accidents in Colorado. While not every car accident ends in death, it does demonstrate the severity with which car accidents may affect the lives of victims.

Following a deposition, it is typical for the opposing party to obtain an independent medical evaluation. The idea here is that the opposing side may believe your doctor is exaggerating or exaggerating your ailments to assist you in receiving more money from the insurance company. Surprisingly, the insurance company frequently selects the independent doctor you will visit. There is the possibility of prejudice.

We will help you prepare for the test as your car accident injury attorney by assisting you with:

Have your doctor create a report detailing how your injuries happened and your quality of life before the event.

THE OPINION OF YOUR ATTORNEY

After that, you’ll meet with your attorney to review your alternatives. This will include a discussion of whether your case is strong or weak at this time. This will contain both the positive and negative aspects of your case; we will not sugarcoat anything for you and will be entirely honest in our assessment of where your case stands.

We may also wish to summon more witnesses for a deposition at this stage. This will allow us to clarify certain specifics and obtain more information that will support your injury claim.

TRIAL

It’s conceivable that a trial will still be scheduled after both parties have taken all of their depositions. Both parties may be confident in their respective positions in the case. Going to trial is a huge choice that we’ll have to make as a team. We will, once again, be open and honest with you, outlining the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

A trial is a costly and time-consuming legal proceeding. However, suppose that’s what we need to do to offer you the greatest opportunity of maximizing your recovery while ensuring you don’t have to spend anything out of pocket. In that case, we have the resources to support you at trial. A personal injury trial is not something that every legal practice can do. Yes, we do.

During this period, we will continue to talk with the other side to reach an agreement. We will, however, ensure that we put up an adequate effort in our trial preparation so that you have a fair chance of succeeding.

SETTLEMENT

A settlement might happen at any point along the process. A settlement is typically beneficial to both parties, but we will only do it if we are certain it is the best option for you. You should not be responsible for the expenditures involved with your rehabilitation if you had no involvement in causing your injury. Our objective is to do all we can to obtain you every penny you’re owed, including a settlement.

If the opposing party makes a settlement offer, we will review it with you. Again, we will give you an honest appraisal of the offer and whether or not we believe it is reasonable. In the end, the choice is yours.

If you accept the settlement offer, you should be informed that your case will be closed, and you will likely never be able to file another claim for this accident. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure the settlement offer includes everything you’ll need to get back on your feet.

You want to make sure the settlement includes all of your costs, such as:

CURRENT AND FUTURE MEDICAL BILLS

Suffering and anguish Emotional discomfort Wages lost

Earning potentially lost Rehabilitation expenses

You may have a long road to recovery, depending on the severity of your injuries. Extended hospital stays, several operations, and time away from work are all possibilities. You may never work in the same role again. Not only is this tough to accept, but it may also put your family in financial trouble and add unneeded worry and pressure. This is why working with an attorney who knows your interests and can consider how your losses may affect you, in the long run is critical so that your settlement can adequately compensate you. Traumatic brain injuries, for example, may frequently result in irreversible damage that lasts the remainder of a person’s life. They must cope with the immediate expenditures of medical care after their accident and the ongoing costs of an injury like this, such as the cost of medicines, follow-up doctor appointments, and long-term therapy or rehabilitation.

When you choose an experienced car accident injury lawyer, you can be confident that they are looking out for your best interests and that your settlement will cover as much as possible.

IF YOU WANT TO AVOID A TRIAL FOR A CAR ACCIDENT INJURY AT ALL COSTS,

We recognize that your first concern is your physical rehabilitation. You don’t need the extra stress and concern of a trial right now. We want you to know that we will do all we can to help you as your car accident injury lawyer. We prioritize your requirements and wish to assist you in recovering by relieving you of the burden of concern and dealing with the legal intricacies. Although it is in your best interests to settle your case, a trial may be required if the insurance company representing the at-fault motorist refuses to be reasonable and settle your claim for a reasonable price.

We don’t want you to have to pay for your rehabilitation out of pocket. Therefore we work hard to prove your case at trial. While we understand that a trial will lengthen the time it takes for you to receive compensation for your injuries, we can work together to ensure that we are not only fully prepared for trial but also that we maintain an open line of communication with the other party in the hopes that they will come to their senses and reach a fair settlement offer.

As a result, we understand your desire to avoid trial at any cost. We understand that it may be frightening, but we assure you that it is nothing like what you have seen in movies. It’s rather similar to your deposition. Many of the same questions will be asked by both parties’ lawyers. The most significant difference is that the judge will be there, and there may be a few more people in the room than during your deposition.

What matters is that you choose a trial-experienced car accident injury attorney to defend you, even if you know you want to avoid going to court at all costs. A lawyer’s ability

to manage the complexity and subtleties of a trial is not universal. Make sure you’re ready for even the most unlikely scenario.

THE RIGHT CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY CAN ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation. To do so, you’ll need an experienced personal injury lawyer to walk you through the complicated legal procedure, which includes your deposition and the stages that follow.

A car accident injury claim may help you collect compensation for losses such as whiplash, concussions, fractured bones, and other ailments. Still, it takes time, money, and experience to handle effectively. Many clients are informed that they do not need an attorney by the insurance adjusters handling their car accident claim.

The opposite could not be farther from the truth. An experienced car accident attorney can offer you the expertise and resources you need to guarantee that you are not only not taken advantage of by the insurance company but also that you have the greatest opportunity of receiving maximum compensation.

Warrior Car Accident Lawyers has years of experience defending clients who have been injured in car accidents caused by gross carelessness and can give you the finest legal counsel available. Look at our outcomes instead of taking our word for it.

Many law firms will make you promises about how much money you will get if they represent you. Still, Warrior Car Accident Lawyers can back up our claims with a long track record of successful cases that have ensured that our clients get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives and that those who were negligent are held accountable for their actions.

Set up a free consultation with Warrior Car Accident Lawyers to discuss your case and what we can do for you.

You may reach Warrior Car Accident Lawyers by calling 719-300-1100 or filling out an online contact form.

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1902 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
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