Most personal injury cases settle before trial. However, sometimes, for any number of reasons, a personal injury case goes to trial. In trial, either a judge or a jury decides the facts of the case, from who is at fault to how much money an injured party may be entitled to. Of course, working with your personal injury lawyer to prepare for trial is a critical step in the process.
Different lawyers prepare for trial differently. However, all personal injury lawyers prepare for trial in some way or another. Much of your personal injury lawyer’s preparation happens without your presence or knowledge. However, as the injured party, expect to testify in your case. As such, you can expect your personal injury attorney and his team will want to meet with you prior to trial to discuss things such as:
If you watch television at all, you have probably seen one or more grilling cross examination scenes. Don’t let those television scenes, designed for maximum drama, intimidate you. In real life, participants generally find things are not that dramatic. Your personal injury attorney will want to meet with you ahead of your trial to discuss your case and your testimony.
You will first be asked open ended questions, where you have the opportunity to describe your accident, how it impacted your health and well-being, your recovery, and anything else your personal injury attorney believes is important. Some attorneys practice anticipated cross examination as well. Cross examination is very different from direct exam. Most of the time, cross examination consists of yes or no questions.
For both direct and cross examination, your personal injury attorney west palm beach will discuss their expectations about your testimony. Sometimes, your personal injury attorney may review evidence with you, such as photos of the scene of the accident, your medical bills, your personal injury journal, or other exhibits. If you gave a deposition, your personal injury attorney will ask you to review that testimony as well.
Here are some basic general rules of testimony that hold true in every case.
If you have been injured, you need an advocate on your side, representing your best interests and fighting for you. The personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates have the experience you need to advocate for you. Contact us at 561-845-2510 to discuss your case.
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