Personal Injury Cases and Depositions

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on January 08, 2019

A salute of Justice with a sword and scalesIf you are harmed as a result of another person’s negligence, it’s important that you seek the assistance of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton. An experienced accident attorney and injury lawyer from our law firm can help you navigate the legal process.

Depositions are an important part of building and evaluating a legal case. Our Provo, UT personal injury attorneys would like to go over the basics of depositions and why they matter.

What Is a Deposition?

A deposition is an out-of-court interview with a witness in a personal injury case. This sworn witness testimony becomes part of a written transcript that can be referenced while building a case and during the trial itself.

Lawyers will conduct these interviews themselves rather than representatives of the court. The interviews may be conducted at a law office, in a conference room, or in other locations as needed.

The Importance of Depositions

As you might have gathered, depositions are an essential part of preparing for trial. Taking these witness accounts allows lawyers to learn what happened and construct the best possible case for their client. The deposition process could even lead to a settlement depending on the nature of the witness testimonies that are gathered.

Establishing Consistency for the Trial

Since the sworn deposition can be referenced during the trial, this can help ensure consistency in a witness’ story. If there are inconsistencies with a witness’ statements in a deposition and during a trial, this can be pointed out. This means of referencing consistency helps prevent lying and fabrications during a trial.

Measuring the Strength of a Case

While taking witness testimonies, lawyers can determine potential weaknesses in their case. Evaluating the strength of a case or modifying a legal strategy thanks to depositions helps ensure a fair trial, and could even lead to a legal settlement. Ultimately, consistency and soundness can be determined thanks to the deposition process.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Not necessarily. While there are many personal injury trials each year, the vast majority of cases are settled out of court. This could happen through mediation, or it may be arrived at when lawyers decide to settle as part of the deposition process. Your attorney can determine if settlement or trial is in your best interests.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

As you can imagine, the legal process presents a number of challenges to people who are not familiar with how it works. By working with a skilled lawyer, you can have peace of mind during every stage of the legal process. Your attorney will be able to tell you how strong your case is, and if it’s worth going to trial. This peace of mind can prove invaluable as you are recovering from an injury.

Contact Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

For more information about the personal injury lawsuit process and why it is so important, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers. The attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton are here to help. You can reach our Provo office by phone at (801) 753-1616.

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