At Ponce Law, our number one priority is getting our clients maximum compensation for their injuries in the least amount of time. We do that by standing up to the insurance companies that expect accident victims to settle cheap. When the insurance company won’t play fair, we take the fight to the courtroom.
If that happens, you will more than likely be called to testify on your behalf. That testimony is crucial to the success of your case, so it’s important that you are properly prepared. Although we’ll thoroughly prep you before you take the stand, here are our top 3 tips to giving testimony in a personal injury case.
- Dress appropriately. It may seem inconsequential on the surface, but your appearance matters in the courtroom. Dress as if you were attending a job interview. Making a good impression on the jury is extremely important, as that first impression may weigh heavily in their decision.
- Tell the truth. The witness stand is no place to change or embellish the facts. Answer every question as truthfully as you can. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t guess. Simply say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall.” Giving false testimony is the quickest way to lose your case, so stick to the facts.
- Stay calm. The opposing attorney may attempt to get you emotionally fired up with his/her questions. Don’t fall for it. No matter what he/she asks or subtly implies, answer in a courteous and professional manner. Losing your temper on the witness stand is never a good thing.
Giving testimony in a personal injury case can be intimidating, but as long as you’re properly prepared, you’ll do fine. Remember, the truth is on your side.