If you were involved in an auto or motorcycle accident where you sustained serious personal damage, and you had to go to court in order to get the settlement that you deserve, you need to make sure that you invest some time in preparing for your court case. You want to make sure that you are ready for your day in court.
#1 Practice Your Testimony
If your attorney intends to call you to the stand to testify about your case, you are going to want to get some practice in with your attorney before you take the stand. Taking the stand can be intimidating, and practicing can help you gain more confidence and not be overtaken by nerves when you get up on the stand.
Practicing your testimony can also help you think carefully about your answers and make sure that you give full, detailed answers when you are on the stand. Your attorney should not coach you on what to say or provide you with a specific script; however, during practice, they can prompt you and help you figure out how to articulate your answers clearly and with confidence.
Also, once you are called to the stand, that gives the defense a chance to cross-examine you. Your attorney can practice the cross-examine with you. The defense's attorney is more likely to come on stronger than your own attorney, so some practice on this can be helpful.
#2 Review the Case
Next, you should sit down with your attorney and review the entire case. Review what happened the day of the accident. Take time to review and go over all the medical care you needed, the work you lost out on, and any other expenses that you incurred. Make sure that you also review the way that the accident and injuries impacted and changed your day-to-day life.
Going over this information with your attorney will provide you with a last chance to make sure that all the information that you and your attorney have gathered concerning the case is accurate. This will also provide you with a chance to make sure that no information is missing. It can be easy to miss a doctor's appointment or therapy sessions; however, you want to try to account for every doctor's appointment and therapy session that you attended.
Before you head to court for your car or motorcycle accident, you are going to want to make sure you practice your testimony with your attorney and practice being cross-examined as well. Be sure to go over your case with your motorcycle accident attorney and make sure that all the details are accurate.