I'm at my wits end. In 2013, my partner of now 32 years and I moved into a house loaded with pest infestations including cockroaches, ants, spiders, and as we later learned, bed bugs. During the course of the four months we stayed there, we lost a lot of fair-weather friends, I was hospitalized with cellulitis and osteomyelitis that resulted in the amputation of my toe and I have had major health problems ever since. My partner and I filed a lawsuit and we are now up to the deposition phase. Today, my partner gave a deposition which was coached by our attorney. Some of the responses were so far from accurate an they served no purpose but tended to conflict with what I planned to deliver in my deposition scheduled for this Thursday -- that is until it was cancelled by my attorney in conjunction with the defense attorney
. Moreover, there was vital evidence I brought with me that my attorney deferred until after my partner's deposition and then he refused to discuss anything with me.
Now, my partner who has never been a deponent before has this idea that a deposition is a tool that attorney's use to alter the facts, diminishing the deponent's involvement. What surprises my partner is that I am deprived from getting any opportunity to explain what happened. Years ago, I was told to tell the truth the best I can; my partner's testimony
was not even sworn in properly. Isn't it a criminal offense to conceal the truth or alter it any way? What chance do I have now that I'm denied presenting the evidence? Is there someone in the court system I can contact for help? I can't be the first denied a right to be heard.