The pre-trial phase of your personal injury lawsuit will involve what is known as the discovery process. The discovery process involves gathering information about either party, allowing each side to gather evidence and build their arguments for trial. This process can be time consuming, expensive and frustrating.
There are five steps to the discovery process:
Disclosure: Both parties ask for certain items from each other. When you receive a request for disclosure, you typically have a certain number of days to respond, depending on your state.
Interrogatories: This is a list of questions sent to the other party. Usually there is a limit on the number of questions set by the state and a response must be sent within a certain number of days, depending on your state.
Request for Admissions: The other party will send a list of facts, asking you to admit or deny each fact.
Request for Production: The other side will ask for documents supporting and harming your case – medical records, employment records, etc.
Depositions: During a deposition, sworn testimony is taken from the opposing party and any witnesses involved. Anything said in deposition can be used in court.
The discovery process is one area of a lawsuit where it pays to have skilled representation. The opposition can drown you in requests, costing you time and money and causing you to miss deadlines. For example, missing the deadline on a request for admissions is considered admission. A competent attorney will know how navigate the entire process, saving you time and effort.
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