Depo Prep

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Deposition Basics

The following videos will help mentally prepare you for your upcoming deposition. It’s important you watch all of these videos and download the checklist for review.

Emotional & Mental Prep

What you’ll learn in this video:

The first video of our deposition training series covers how to be emotionally and mentally prepared for your deposition. When getting ready, it’s important to remember that it’s OK to have to file the suit. Despite what they may say or imply, you should not blame yourself. You know a lot more about what happened to you than they do and how the accident occurred. Be confident in that knowledge.

Deposition Logistics

What you’ll learn in this video:

This second video covers the technical aspects of the deposition. Most of it is background questions. It takes roughly 2-5 hours and is a question/answer style “interview.” This is not a conversation. It’s OK to say “I don’t know.” Most importantly, don’t lie– if there’s an issue to address, speak to us ahead of time. As far as what you should wear: no suit or tie, no jewelry or flashy clothes. 

The Big Picture

What you’ll learn in this video:

This next video goes over the big picture of the deposition and how it connects to your case. All the questions they ask during a deposition is for a specific reason. The judge will try to find out who was at fault and how much. This will affect your settlement amount. They then will look at your damages: medicals, wages, benefits, etc. The other side will try to blame you so they don’t have to pay.

The 20% That Really Matters

What you’ll learn in this video:

Our 4th deposition video focuses on the part that really matters. There’s going to be a lot of information during your deposition, but there are a few key pieces of information that are particularly important. Your answers about the accident and current medical condition are supremely important.

Best Deposition Practices

These next few videos discuss the best practices regarding how you should pace your answers, respond to specific questions, and generally think about the deposition process.

Best Mindset

What you’ll learn in this video:

This last video will go over how your case works and what you can expect in the upcoming months. How does a personal injury lawsuit work? Are there fees? Do cases have to go to court? What if the case is lost? If you’ve been injured offshore, you may be like most of our clients and are worried about going to court. You have probably never been through something like this before.  But like most things that we worry about in life, it’s usually not as bad as we imagine it will be. We’re here to walk you through it.

This 5th video goes over a few key things to remember:

  1. This is not a race; don’t let them control the pace of the conversation. 
  2. It’s OK to disagree. You should watch out for phrases such as ‘wouldn’t you agree,” or “this was just an accident right.” Try to re-word your answers.
  3. You won’t convince them of anything, so don’t try.

Key Phrases to Listen For

What you’ll learn in this video:

This 6th video goes over the danger element of your workplace and accident. The defense is going to focus on the unsafe and dangerous aspect of your workplace and try to get you to acknowledge that. They want you to say that you knew someone could get hurt so that they can potentially blame you for the accident. Listen for “unsafe,” “dangerous,” and “someone can get hurt.”

The Problem with Routine

What you’ll learn in this video:

Our next video will talk about you having done the same job not only before but also multiple times. They want to find fault in how your job performance. They’ll ask you:

  • Why was it different? 
  • Were you rushing? 
  • Was there a different number of people
  • Was the lighting different?
  • So you’d done this many times before? (Your answer:  “no, not like this time…”.)

What They Did Wrong

What you’ll learn in this video:

This last best practice video is about you keeping mind what the company did wrong and how they contributed to your accident.

  • Did they have the right equipment?
  • Were there enough workers?
  • Did they keep the machinery fixed? 

You’ll want to think about these questions and others and keep three key things they did wrong in your head.

Final Thoughts

The Picture We’re Painting

What you’ll learn in this video:

This video discusses the mindset that the deposition is part of a storytelling process. All your deposition does is explain the situation that you were in. The goal of the deposition is to present your injury and your role in the accident. Our goal is to paint you in a good light and show how you loved your job and that this accident took that away from you. The opposition will try to paint a different picture. 


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