That’s a great question, and it’s one we get asked all the time here at Litco Law. For most people, the idea of questioning conjures up anxiety-inducing images of being interrogated in a courtroom. But what you’re usually seeing on TV is a highly sensationalized trial– which is actually very different. In reality, questioning is something that happens in a lawyer’s office. Keep in mind that not all Personal Injury claims even require a questioning. But for those cases that do, here’s what you need to know.
Many lawsuits are settled after questioning without ever having to go to trial. Questioning gives both sides an opportunity to bring forward their evidence and assess the strengths or weaknesses of the case. At times, we’ll even get admissions from the at-fault party, which can be useful if the case does go to trial. Your lawyer will guide you through the process, so you feel at ease and know what to expect.
The purpose of questioning is not to test your memory, so don’t worry– you won’t need any flash cards to prepare. During questioning, you will be asked specific questions (no big surprises there) related to the case. And if you don’t know the answer, you can simply say that you do not know. Your lawyer will be with you every step of the way to ensure that the entire process is above board and will object to any questions that aren’t appropriate or relevant. Here’s what one of our clients had to say about her family’s experience with questioning.