In certain situations, an accident lawyer may decide that it may be more beneficial to provide a video deposition of a witness at trial. A video deposition, which is simply legal testimony that is captured on videotape with a camera, allows the lawyer the ability to play back the resulting footage to the jurors or judge. In some personal injury cases, video deposition is a more effective way for a lawyer to present important testimony at trial.
Preparation for a Video Deposition
Prior to giving a video deposition, your accident lawyer will walk you through the deposition step by step and will discuss what you can and cannot do. Below are some important pointers that you should keep in mind.
Look Directly at the Camera
It is very important to look directly at the camera while you are talking. This allows the jury to build a trust with you, while creating sympathy to what you are saying. In other words, if you are looking at the camera, you are in essence looking the jury in the “eyes” as you are talking.
Pointing to an Exhibit
If during your video deposition you need to point something out on an exhibit, you need to ask the videographer to show the exhibit as you reference it. When you are finished referring to the exhibit, the videographer will return and focus on you. Usually, you do not need to tell the videographer that you are done. This should be self-explanatory.
Voice Your Concerns
If you are uncomfortable, the light is too bright or there are any other distractions that will prevent you from comfortably giving your testimony, you need to immediately voice your concerns to your accident lawyer. Any distractions may affect the effectiveness of your video deposition.
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For more information about video depositions or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced accident lawyer, please contact David Kashani at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC by calling (323) 782-9605.