Depositions are used for many purposes. The taking of depositions is a part of the discovery process in a wrongful death case. Not only can you expect to be deposed, but witnesses, and of course, the defendant will likely be called to submit to depositions as well. Your Charlotte wrongful death attorney will depose the defendant.
Common Purposes of Depositions
The gathering of evidence is the primary use of a deposition. Defense attorneys will want to depose you in order to glean as much information about your wrongful death claim as possible. Other uses of depositions are:
- Locking in Testimony – The answers you give during deposition become a part of the court record. As such, any diversion from these answers later at trial will be used to impeach your testimony. Of course, your Charlotte wrongful death attorney will similarly use the statements of the defendant.
- Obtaining Admissions – Depositions may also be used to garner information that tends to weaken the other side’s case. In this way, the facts to which a witness testifies can be used as admissions.
- Support of Motions – The testimony of a witness can, in some cases, be used in place of an affidavit to support a motion. It can even be regarded as superior. This is because of the fact that witness testimony can be submitted to scrutiny during cross-examination, while the facts of an affidavit cannot.
- Authentication of Documents – Often one of the more difficult challenges for a Charlotte wrongful death attorney is getting certain documents into evidence. At times the testimony of a witness to the authenticity of a document can serve this purpose.
Contact the Wrongful Death Law Firm of Bice Law
If you believe your loved one has been the victim of a wrongful death, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a wrongful death attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.