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Importance of Client Preparation in Personal Injury Lawsuit


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Personal injury lawsuits can be confusing and intimidating for plaintiffs and their witnesses.  Some personal injury lawsuits settle before they go to trial, but others require a thorough discovery process, during which the client and witnesses will be asked to provide their testimony at a deposition. Those cases that do not settle before trial also require the client and witness to testify again at the trial. Accordingly, client preparation is crucial to the success of a personal injury lawsuit.

An experienced personal injury attorney should take the time to keep you informed about the personal injury lawsuit process and what is expected of you along the way. At Steinberg Goodman & Kalish, LLP, our skilled Chicago personal injury attorneys go to great lengths to keep our clients informed throughout the personal injury lawsuit process and to prepare them for depositions and trial. The following are just some of the things that we will do to prepare our clients during their personal injury lawsuits:

  1. Explain the deposition process. We do not make any assumptions regarding our clients' experience with depositions, and we take the time to thoroughly explain the deposition process to them. We will explain what the defense attorney will ask at the deposition and what to expect while at the deposition.  

  2. Explain the purpose of a deposition. We take the time to impress upon our clients the importance of their deposition testimony.  A deposition serves several purp0ses - factual discovery and testimony documentation, to name a few.  It is important that clients dress and act professionally at the deposition.

  3. Review and understand your medical records. We will take the time to review your medical records with you so that you understand the information that is contained therein.

  4. Emphasize the importance of relating the basics without exaggeration.  It is important the clients giving their testimony at deposition or at trial stick to the basic facts.  People have a tendency to exaggerate and to offer more information than is necessary.  Clients should understand that they simply must answer the question asked in truthfully without extra information.

  5. Become familiar with the deposition and trial questioning process. The questioning techniques used by defense attorneys at deposition and trial can be a bit jarring and off-putting for clients.  It is important that clients become used to this style of questioning and our experienced Chicago personal injury litigators will work with you in advance of your deposition or trial testimony to prepare you for this style of questioning.

  6. Be familiar with the scene of the accident. It is important that clients revisit the scene of the accident so that they can explain the details of the accident with accuracy when giving their testimony.  The dedicated Chicago personal injury attorneys at Steinberg Goodman & Kalish will take the time to visit the scene of the accident with you, if necessary, in order to get a firsthand image of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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