Paperwork is plentiful in a personal injury lawsuit. Not only will you have numerous documents to supply to your attorney, but you may find that paperwork shows up at your door, including a deposition subpoena.
During the pre-trial discovery phase of your personal injury claim, you and other witnesses are likely to receive a subpoena for a deposition. This document requires you to testify and possibly furnish materials. If you have received a subpoena, it is important that you act appropriately so that you do not hinder your case.
How to Respond to a Deposition Subpoena
To be valid, the subpoena must be accompanied by a “Notice of Deposition.” Without that Notice, the subpoena is not a valid court request. On the Notice of Deposition, you will find the date and time scheduled for your deposition. You should receive ample notice, as well – in other words, you should not receive a notification with a deposition the following day.
You are required to attend the scheduled deposition time, but if there is a scheduling conflict, your attorney can work out arrangements for a different time. Most importantly, you must give the subpoena to your lawyer (if it did not go directly to his or her office). Your attorney will then respond and advise you on the process.
No matter what, do not ignore the subpoena. Doing so could result in a court order requiring you to show.
Document Requests in a Deposition Notice
Often, a deposition notice will include document requests. The notice must be very accurate and offer details about which documents you must bring to your scheduled time. If you feel the documents required are irrelevant to your case, let your attorney know so that he or she can argue the same.
Some documents that you might not be required to bring include trade secrets, confidential information, or items privileged between you and your attorney.
A Few Things to Note About a Personal Injury Deposition
- Your attorney will be present for the deposition.
- The deposition is a question-and-answer session, and you must truthfully and comprehensively answer all questions asked. If you do not know an answer, never guess. Instead, let your attorney know that you do not know.
- An official court reporter records all answers and questions.
- Your attorney can request a reimbursement of costs associated with going to the deposition, including time from work, travel expenses, and more.
Were You Injured? Be Prepared by Partnering with a Qualified Personal Injury Advocate
After a serious accident, you need an attorney who can help you prepare for the personal injury process from start to finish. The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. has been representing clients for years in Savannah, and Clarke advocates for his clients’ right to compensation.
Schedule your free consultation with him today to explore your options. Call him at 912-200-5292 or contact him online.