What to expect in a slip and fall deposition - defendant and witness

Part II: Defendant's Deposition. The plaintiff's (injured party's) attorney will ask a series of questions (depose) the party (defendant) named in the lawsuit who may be liable for the injuries. This, and other depositions in slip and fall cases, usually occurs at a lawyer's office, and answers are given under oath.

Here are a few of the types of questions that the defendant (potentially responsible party) may have to answer in the session:

The plaintiff's attorney may begin with a litany of background questions that could include clarification about property ownership, insurance, lease agreements and other details based on the specifics of the slip and fall case.

The main focus of the defendant's deposition will involve the condition of the property, including maintenance and other factors. For example, the defendant may be asked if they knew about the unsafe situation - such as a broken handrail. If so, did they attempt to correct it, and what exactly did they do? Other questions in a defendant's deposition could include whether others have complained or been injured at the same location.

Part III: Witness' Deposition. A witness in a slip and fall case may be deposed by attorneys on either or both sides of the case. The questions will focus on the details of what the witness saw, along with a determination if the witness prefers one party over the other. The latter is referred to as "bias."

Our attorneys will help you prepare for the deposition(s) in your slip and fall lawsuit.

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