By Sean M. Cleary
A deposition forms an integral part of the pre-trial discovery process of a personal injury lawsuit. It is nothing but a sort of an interview during which the plaintiff will be asked questions regarding his/her personal injury claim by the defense counsel. This allows both the parties to investigate and gain more information and evidence to assess their case and plan a strategy for the trial. Most commonly, depositions are held at the lawyer’s office or at a court reporter’s office. The person being deposed (deponent) gives a testimony under oath in the presence of a court reporter so that it is recorded. Depositions are critical and decide the outcome of litigation and sometimes complex cases do not get settled until the experts provide their deposition testimony.