Explosions often result in severe injuries for those involved, and it sometimes becomes necessary for injury victims to file personal injury lawsuits in order to recover the compensation they need. Personal injury lawsuits can become incredibly complicated, and they involve many steps. In most cases, it will become necessary for those involved to sit for depositions. Here, the team at the Doan Law Firm wants to briefly define what a deposition is and discuss what happens after a deposition, during an explosion accident case.
Depositions are an interview that is recorded and given under oath by the subjects involved in an injury case as well as any witnesses who may have pertinent information about the incident at hand. Depositions take place during the discovery phase of a personal injury trial. During a deposition, attorneys will ask questions of the person being deposed, and a court reporter will be present to transcribe the incident.
During an explosion accident case, the process of giving a deposition will proceed much like the process in any other personal injury lawsuit. As we mentioned above, depositions are given during the discovery phase of the personal injury trial.
After a deposition has been given, attorneys for both sides will review the transcripts provided by the court reporter to ensure their accuracy. Attorneys will evaluate the answers given during the deposition and weigh how credible the witnesses are likely to appear in court, should a personal injury trial become necessary.
In some cases, a witness’s deposition will be enough to push one side or the other towards a settlement or towards dropping the claim. However, that is not always the case. It is not uncommon for there to be even more of a waiting game after a deposition has been given.
Attorneys for both sides may decide that they need to take more depositions from witnesses in the case, and investigations will continue. Sometimes, both sides will be ordered to undergo mediation in an attempt to settle the client before a personal injury case becomes a necessity. However, the case may very well be scheduled for trial.
We do want to stress that what is said during a deposition will most certainly come up again during the explosion accident trial. Remember, we said that depositions are given under oath, which means that witnesses should be giving the same answers if they are called to testify at court.
If a witness’s answers change from the time they gave their deposition to the time they appear in court, this could present major problems, including the witness being found guilty of perjury. This is a crime that the courts will take seriously in an explosion accident case.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an explosion accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Doan Law Firm, our attorneys have the resources necessary to fully investigate every explosion accident case that we take. We have built an exhaustive network of experts throughout the country who can help ensure that explosion accident victims recover the compensation they need to make a full recovery. When you need an explosion accident attorney in Houston, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 800-349-0000.