4 Parts Of The Discovery Stage For A Personal Injury Case

Being hurt at the hands of another person can be a devastating event. You may be faced with huge medical bills, lost work and other expenses that you simply can't afford to pay. Taking legal action against the offending party is common to help you recover your losses. Knowing the four part of the discovery stage if you are involved with a personal injury case may be beneficial to you.

Written interrogatories

You may be served a list of questions regarding your injury that must be responded to by you. This typically consists of no more than 25 questions and all of these should be answered accurately.

Listed below are some examples of inquiries you may be required to answer:

  1. What was the date of the injury?
  2. How extensive was the injury you sustained?
  3. Were there eyewitnesses that can testify on your behalf?
  4. Were you alone on the date the injury occurred?
  5. Was there a police report filed against either of the parties involved?

These questions are to help the court get a better understanding of the entire case.

The deposition

Meeting with the other party's attorney and answering a series of questions face-to-face is known as a deposition. This meeting is typically held in the office of the attorney who is conducting the deposition. Your lawyer should accompany you to any deposition that you are ordered to attend.

Listed below are some things to know about this meeting:

  1. You will be required to be sworn in under oath.
  2. A deposition may be used in a court of law.
  3. There will be a court reporter who transcribes the entire meeting.

Request for admission statements

Being served statements that must be either admitted or denied is known as a request for admissions. These are to help the court get a better understanding of the main parts of the case. In some instances, the responses that are provided can help shorten the duration of a jury trial.

Request for production documents

The time to provide the proof for your case is during the request for production documents. Listed below are things provide:

  1. The cost of your medical bills.
  2. A letter from your employer stating the amount of time you lost from work.
  3. Additional expenses that were a direct result of your injury.

Being able to prove your case during the discovery stage of the lawsuit is important. Be sure to consult with a personal injury attorney like Marcus & Mack who can guide you through this process and give you the legal advice that you need.