Your conduct while testifying in court can have a big impact on how the judge and jury perceive your case. This is precisely why your injury lawyer will prepare you for your court testimony. The more prepared you are about how to conduct yourself while testifying, the more successful the outcome of your case will be.
Pointers For a Successful Testimony
Your injury lawyer will want you to take the following pointers in consideration when testifying in court:
Listen to the Question First
Before you answer a question, it is imperative that you carefully listen to the question that is being asked of you. You cannot properly answer a question that you do not completely understand. If you do not understand the question, you should ask the opposing attorney to repeat it or rephrase the question. Your own injury lawyer may also interject and clarify the question if the opposing attorney fails to do so.
Only Answer the Question Asked
It is also very important to only answer what is being asked of you. Do not provide any additional pieces of information. This will only hurt your case because it may open a can of worms with regards to issues that the opposing attorney may not have even considered.
Speak Loud and Clear
Your testimony is being transcribed. As such, you need to speak loud and clear so the transcriber properly transcribes what you are saying. Also, since your body language cannot be transcribed into the record, you need to use words instead of a non-verbal response to answer a question. For example, instead of nodding or shaking your head in response to a yes or no question, you should use your words to answer the question.
We Will Help You Prepare For Your Testimony
Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC to discuss what you should and should not do in order to give successful testimony in court, please call the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC at 323.782.9605.