Finally, you are over with your first deposition. It was a lot of stress, but you made it. You interrogated the witnesses, you collected the information you need, and you are left with a transcript produced by a court reporter. What’s next? Of course, the deposition does not end with a deposition session at the session room. But there is more than that. Here are what steps to take after the first deposition.
Review the Transcripts
You saw the court reporter at the session. This professional recorded all the words and gestures used at the deposition. He/she is liable to produce a transcript that the deponent will sign. The court reporter will take care that the deponent signs the transcript in due time and will submit the records to you.
Now you need to review the transcript carefully. You may come up to different conclusions after reviewing the records. For example, you may decide that you need to schedule an additional deposition. Or you may spot other witnesses that need to be deposed. In short, the deposition record will lead to other steps that you will decide according to circumstances.
Ask for Documents
You may need to obtain documents that prove to be necessary after reviewing the transcript. For example, in a car accident case, the defense attorney may ask for medical examination records. If you are the injured plaintiff’s attorney, your task is to protect the client from getting false or not accurate medical examination records. For example, an insurance company may want to minimize the severity of the injuries. You need to advise your client not to give out unnecessary information to get the best results for himself/herself.
You may decide to ask for other documents that you believe will be helpful at the trial. The review of the materials will guide you on what to ask.
Advise on Settlement or Trial
Your client may get an offer for settlement. Your task is to assess whether your client can get more during a trial if he/she does not agree to the settlement. If your client decides to accept the settlement offer, the parties will close the claim, and your client will receive the compensation he/she opts for. If the settlement does not satisfy your client, you need to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the proceeding to trial and advise your client accordingly. If you both decide that you should go for trial, then your task is to fight fiercely for your client’s rights until he/she receives fair and reasonable compensation.
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