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Tips for Giving Testimony in a Personal Injury Trial

Jun 8, 2016 | Auto Accident, Personal Injury

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As our personal injury client, we’ll do everything within our power to get you maximum compensation in the least amount of time. Best-case scenario, we’ll settle your case with the insurance company outside of court. However, if the insurance company refuses to do the right thing, we’ll have to take the fight into the courtroom. In that case, chances are you’ll have to testify at some point in the trial. That testimony is vital to your case, so it’s important that you are properly prepared.

Here are 5 tips for giving good testimony in a personal injury trial:

  1. Tell the truth. The witness stand is not a place to embellish facts or change your story. Inconsistency never plays well with the jury, so stick to the facts and only the facts.
  2. Don’t volunteer new information. One of the questions from the opposing attorney may make you remember something you hadn’t disclosed previously. Even if it could potentially help your case, don’t volunteer new information on the witness stand. Consult with your attorney after you’ve stepped down.
  3. Stay calm. The opposing attorney may attempt to get you frustrated or impassioned with his/her questions in an attempt to make you seem volatile or untrustworthy. Don’t fall for it. Answer his/her questions without attitude or sarcasm, and never lose your temper.
  4. Sit up straight. Appearance matters in court. To the extent you are able, try not to slouch in the seat. Sit up straight and speak confidently. The facts are on your side, so you have no reason to cower.
  5. Correct your mistakes. If you happen to misspeak, be sure to correct yourself. It’s better for you to set the record straight on your own accord than for the opposing counsel to force you to.

Well before you step up to the witness stand, your Stewart & Stewart attorney will thoroughly prepare you for the experience. Our job is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident up there, and we’ll give you everything you need so you’re properly prepared.

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