The need to provide testimony in an injury case depends on whether the case is actually filed and litigated through the discovery process. Some cases that we handle, clients actually ask us not to file a lawsuit. Some clients have a philosophy or have a belief that lawsuits should not be filed on their behalves. And we certainly honor that request and will work with them to avoid the filing of a lawsuit and would never file the lawsuit without their permission.
If a lawsuit is filed and we proceed through the discovery, then testimony will likely be required, at least initially, in the form of a deposition. And a deposition is a formal interview, as we like to describe the process, in which the other lawyer, representing the other side, comes to our office, in our conference room with us there with you, to ask you questions on the record, meaning that you give testimony. Because, unlike ourselves, the other lawyers are not permitted to simply call you up and ask you questions. And they like to memorialize what you have to say in the form of testimony, and so then it becomes necessary, in certain cases, to give the testimony.