Depositions are used by both sides in the litigation process to gather information about a pending case. A deposition is part of the formal discovery process by which the opposing side or both sides are given the opportunity to examine and cross-examine witnesses under oath.
A deposition transcript can be used for many purposes including:
The witness or deponent generally falls into one of three categories: party, fact witness (lay and professional), and expert witness.
Let’s assume you are a party to the litigation. This means you are either a plaintiff or, in most cases, the defendant. Let’s further assume the case involves some form of medical malpractice or a civil rights claim (42 USC § 1983) involving deliberate indifference.
As a healthcare professional, you will generally either be a party to the litigation or one of the treating professionals. In either case, counsel wants to narrow down your testimony and determine what if any involvement you had with the case.
The big question is: What do I need to do to be prepared for the deposition?
At Chapman Law Group, we generally meet with our healthcare provider clients at least three times prior to the deposition:
During the deposition, a member of Chapman Law Group will be with you. If the opposing counsel asks inappropriate questions, we will object on your behalf. At times we may instruct you not to answer the question.
It is important to know that Chapman Law Group will be with you at every stage of the process to ensure the questioning is fair, within the boundaries of the law, and that you are given an opportunity to explain your answers.
If you are a licensed healthcare professional facing a deposition for any reason and you do not have counsel, we at Chapman Law Group are here to represent you. The deposition is your sworn statement, and being prepared is a joint responsibility between you and your counsel.
At Chapman Law Group, our civil litigation healthcare lawyers specialize in:
We represent licensed healthcare providers all over the U.S., including:
Our primary goal is to protect your interests and limit the time and cost of medical malpractice litigation. Thoroughly understanding all facets of the complaint, including standard of care/practice, alleged breach, proximate cause and damages, gives each Chapman Law Group attorney the ability to take aggressive action and achieve desired results. Our extensive national trial experience, use of technology, and network of experts give us the right advantage.
Types of medical malpractice claims we address include:
We serve healthcare professionals across Michigan (including Detroit, Dearborn, Troy, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids), Florida (Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and West Palm Beach), and in areas including Chicago, Los Angeles/Southern California, and Washington, D.C. Contact us today and find out how we can put our experience to work for you.
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