After you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, it’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Unfortunately, the insurance company doesn’t always put your best interests first. When they don’t offer you a fair settlement, we’re prepared to fight for your rights to the compensation you’re owed.
After we help you file a lawsuit, one of the ways we protect your rights is through a process called discovery. What, exactly, is discovery? We’ve created this post to help you better understand this step of the legal process.
Discovery is the process by which we gather and exchange relevant case information with the opposing party, such as facts, evidence, and witnesses. There are four main types of discovery:
- Interrogatories – Interrogatories are sets of questions exchanged between both parties. These questions help gather relevant facts, such as when and where your injury or accident occurred, the contact information of any witnesses or involved parties, the injuries you suffered as a result of the incident, the medical treatment you received for your injuries, and any important medical history.
- Request for Production of Documents – This type of discovery is exactly what it sounds like. You may request documents from the opposing party such as medical records, medical receipts, photographs of your injuries, photographs of property damage, and any other related documents.
- Request for Admission – Requesting admission asks the opposing party to admit certain facts. You can admit, deny, or explain why you can neither admit nor deny these facts. This can help save time if your case goes to court. Once a fact has been admitted, it no longer needs to be called into question during trial.
- Depositions – Depositions are recorded, under-oath testimonies obtained outside of court. This gives both parties the opportunity to ask the opposing side, witnesses, or experts questions pertaining to the facts of the case. Depositions may be recorded via transcript or video and are sometimes used during trial.
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, we want to fight for you. For nearly 40 years, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm have helped accident victims pursue the maximum compensation they deserve. We want to do the same for you.