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The 3 Golden Rules that will help in Depositions

Hey everyone and welcome to another Ted Talk Tuesday.

Today I’m going ​to be talking about depositions.
I’ve had questions from clients all the time, asking about depositions. If it’s going to happen when it’s going to happen. I’m going to be going over all that today, as well as some rules that I always tell my clients that help in depositions.

First, deposition takes place after the claim is in litigation. This means that the complaint has been filed and the lawsuit is in full force. Depositions are part of the discovery phase of litigation. That’s where both sides are trying to obtain information and evidence, that can help their arguments or hurt the other side’s arguments.

Deposition allows the attorneys to get information directly from a party or from someone who has some knowledge of the incident or can explain things. That means it could be a witness, it could be a treating doctor, it could be someone like an expert who knows how the incident caused the injuries it did, because that may be in dispute as well.

Now, there are three golden rules I always tell my clients to walk away with when they are in preparing for their deposition:

#1 Be Honest

You are taking an oath that if you don’t tell the truth, you could be committing perjury and that could come back and make you liable for a lot of things you don’t want to be. So, make sure you tell the truth. Don’t intentionally give false information and just be honest

#2 Understand The Question

If you don’t understand the question and you answer it, you could be getting information that could be hurting your case and helping the case against you. So. make sure you understand the question. Ask the other attorney, “I don’t understand the question, can you repeat it?”, “I don’t understand what that word means, can you define that?”, “Can you rephrase the question?” Anything to make sure you understand the question, because if you don’t understand the question and you answer it, no one is going to know you don’t understand except you. So, it’s important to understand the question.

And the last golden rule…

#3 Answer The Question Being Asked And Nothing Else

Now, I get questions all the time from “What does that mean?”, “If they ask questions, aren’t I supposed to be explaining things?”, “This is my time to tell my story” it’s not! This is the time for the other attorney to get as much information as possible. So, if they as you questions as simple as “Yes or No” questions, you give a “Yes or No” answer, that’s it! If they ask you, “Did you go to high school?” – Yes or No. They are not asking about your mascot, who your prom date was, what year you graduated, what high school you went to? they’re not asking any of that. To a “Yes or No” question, they get a “Yes or No” answer, that’s it! Do they want that information? they’ll ask. Shouldn’t give it up freely, shouldn’t give it up easily. Make sure that you keep the answer brief and that you are answering the question being asked and nothing else.

Now, lastly. This is not a golden rule, but this is an important thing that’s been coming up lately, especially with remote depositions: ATTIRE. I always tell my clients to wear what I call “Church Clothes”. That’s clothes you’d wear to church on Sunday, Why? because you want to look presentable for the other side. You may not like them, they may be working against you, but you want to look presentable. These video depositions could be put in front of a jury one day. If you are wearing a wifebeater or an undershirt, something that is not presentable, it could come back and hurt your case. So please, make sure you look presentable, act professional, and make sure you answer those questions and listen to the Golden Rules that I just repeated – Be honest, understand the question and answer the questions being asked, and nothing else.

If you have any questions about depositions or anything I’ve talked about before, don’t hesitate, give me a call at (888) 6-THE-LAW.

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What to do if you have been harassed or discriminated at work?

Hey everyone! This is Ted Ravan from Ravan Law and welcome to another Ted Talk Tuesday.

Today I’m going to be talking about what to do if you’ve been harassed or discriminated against at work and reporting those issues.

The simple answer is, Talk to the human resources department or manager. Seems simple enough, right? But what if you don’t have human resources department or anyone with HR training at your work? Who do you report to?
You need to report these complaints to your boss. If you feel safe, if not, bring a coworker you trust as a witness. Chances are that if your employer doesn’t have an HD department and they’re probably doing something wrong. And by HR or human resources department, I don’t mean giving a random person in the office that title, but having a person trained in human resources with that title in your office.

You need to document as much of the harassment as possible. Send emails, talk to witnesses and keep evidence of everything! Who you talked to, what was said, what documents you provided to HR, and ask them about a timeline for when they’ll be finished investigating the problem. When reporting these issues, you want to be able to show a pattern of harassment that was more than an isolated incident.

Remember, once is an incident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. Try reporting harassment to your superiors or HR and follow your employer’s complaints. If HR fails you, you should speak to an experienced attorney and discuss your legal options. And of course, if you have any questions about this topic or any of the topics I’ve talked about, don’t forget to call me at (888) 6-THE-LAW.

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What to do if you are involved in a car accident?

Hey everyone! This is Ted Ravan from Ravan Law and welcome to Ted Talk Tuesdays.

Today I’m going to go over a topic that a lot of people ask me about:
What do you do if you’re involved in a car accident?

First thing to do, move to a safe area.
If you’re on the freeway, get off the freeway, pull over somewhere. If you’re not on the freeway, move to a parking lot, move the side of the road, whatever you need to do to make sure you stay safe. After that, you’ve gotta exchange information. Get their driver’s license, get their insurance information, get their license plate… Then, take pictures, take pictures of everything! Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle to their vehicle, the license plate number. If you can snap pictures of the driver, take pictures of the signs on the road. Everything! It’s important to document everything you can, after that, call the police. The police may not come out, but it’s important that you try because if they do come out they’ll do a traffic collision report and they’ll document any information that you may have missed.

After that, if you’re feeling any pain no matter how small, go to a doctor or urgent care facility. Oftentimes people won’t feel pain until later on, due to things like adrenaline or other things. Do not underestimate small pain from a car accident. Many small pains can actually be very very serious and they won’t go away on their own without proper medical treatment, so it’s important to make sure you get the treatment you need immediately.

Lastly, and most importantly, contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will help provide you with the advice counsel and settlement you deserve. And don’t forget if you have any questions, just ask me, Ted at (888) 6-THE-LAW.

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