I got a notice today that I am being deposed early next month in regards XXXXX XXXXX personal injury
lawsuit. I can pay you, but I can't pay much. I'll try to pay for each question and answer, if you can help me through this. I have never been deposed before. I think I have the general idea, it is the same as being in court except you are not actually in court, and if the facts are convincing enough, we might be able to avoid going to trial. I am willing to go to trial if I have to. I was in court once before against a college roommate who skipped out, and also for my divorce, and then for legally changing my name. But I've never been deposed. Oh, one time I had to go to court for a long story that involved a 32-ton semi that hit my car when I wasn't moving. I was cleared in that.
Something about being deposed scares me, maybe that because of what I have (CRPS/RSD), so many people have not believed that anything is wrong with me except they think that I am physically weak. That's an easy thing for them to believe compared to CRPS.
But I've seen some law shows on TV, and the lawyers always seem mean and heartless, so I expect the lawyers for the defendant to be mean and heartless. The paralegal for my attorney said that I was articulate and should do well in the deposition, but what if I freak out and get really scared of these strangers who are assuming everything is exaggerated?!? Is it bad to cry in front of the defendants attorneys? Is that going to make them think that I am weak and easy to beat in court? I mean, how bad really ARE lawyers for a huge, multinational company? I work for a large company, not THAT big, but that makes me think I must be pretty tough to have worked for a large company for so many years.
I guess the base thing I need to learn, is everything about the purpose and process of the deposition itself. There are many resources on the internet, but what is the best way to learn about the deposition process in the U.S. for personal injury cases?