10 Tips To Becoming a Good Witness In Your Own Personal Injury Case
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Tue Apr 2013
- Personal Injury,
Plaintiffs get only one chance to impress the jury – and that is during their testimony. In order for a plaintiff to make a good impression on the jury and the judge, they will need the help of their New Jersey personal injury attorney to properly prepare for testifying in court.
Below are ten important tips that you should consider during your testimony at your personal injury trial.
- Know all the facts of your case by going over deposition transcripts and the answers you provided in the interrogatory forms conducted during discovery
- Be familiar with your medical history and all the medical treatments you received for the injuries you sustained as a result of the subject accident
- Be truthful and honest when testifying and answering any questions while on the stand
- Be polite and courteous to both the opposing counsel and the judge
- Speak loud and clear
- Maintain good body language by sitting up straight, not fidgeting, and maintaining eye contact with the jury when talking
- Respond to only questions that you completely understand; if you do not understand a question, ask for further clarification
- Dress in proper court attire
- Arrive on time, and even earlier than expected
- Do not make sarcastic or “funny” comments in response to any questions asked by either the opposing counsel or the judge
But perhaps the most important thing you need to keep in mind in order to be a good trial witness in your own personal injury case is to properly prepare with the help of your New Jersey personal injury attorney.
We Can Help
For more information about how to be a good and effective witness at your own trial, please call Dan Matrafajlo at 908-248-4404 for a free consultation. We have offices in Elizabeth, North Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey to serve you. Mr. Matrafajlo has the experience in New Jersey courts that you need. He has been recognized locally for his legal ability, named a SuperLawyers Rising Star, and has even helped set legal precedent in personal injury law with cases such as Hardison v. King. Dan will fight for your legal rights!