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How Can I Prepare for a Virtual Deposition in My Personal Injury Case?

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Metro New York Area personal injury attorney

COVID-19 has changed nearly every aspect of our lives – including the way legal proceedings are handled. Courts across the country are requiring personal injury depositions and other proceedings to take place remotely in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Although parties in a remote deposition attend the deposition via audio and video software, the overall structure of the deposition remains the same. Many of the same legal requirements and procedures will still apply. If you have been asked to participate in a virtual deposition or remote deposition, it is important to make sure you are fully prepared for a deposition and understand what to expect.

Technology Concerns During Remote Court Proceedings

The technology used for remote court proceedings in Connecticut may vary slightly from case to case, but most virtual court proceedings will involve the same basic setup. Instead of a physical room, your deposition will take place in a virtual environment. Some participants may be in a conference room or courtroom while others are in their homes. To participate in the virtual deposition, you will likely need a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and microphone. The court will send you an email explaining how to set up the video conferencing software or app used for the virtual deposition. You will also receive an email with a secure hyperlink and password for the virtual environment. Make sure the batteries in your device are charged, your Internet connection is stable, and that your microphone and camera are working correctly before the deposition begins.

Treat the Deposition as if it Were In-Person

Your lawyer will speak with you beforehand about what to expect during your deposition. He or she will go over the questions that you will likely be asked during the deposition and help you practice answering them. Before the virtual deposition begins, review the documents relevant to your case, such as any medical records or your previous written discovery responses. It is important to remember that although you may not be attending the deposition in-person, you must treat the deposition as if it were a typical court proceeding. Make sure to dress appropriately and maintain a professional demeanor throughout the proceeding.

Contact a Greenwich, CT Personal Injury Attorney

If you were hurt in a car accident, truck accident, or pedestrian accident or your loved one was killed in an accident caused by negligence, contact Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC. You may be entitled to financial compensation. Although many court proceedings are taking place remotely, the laws regarding personal injury claims remain the same. Schedule a consultation with a skilled Metro New York personal injury lawyer by calling our office today at 203-661-6000.





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