Discovery is a part in the lawsuit process. This is a big part of the process because it entails a lot of research and fact checking. During the discovery process, most of your case will be made. It can be helpful to go through this process with a lawyer. A lawyer can take care of a lot of the paperwork and contacting other people during this period. This can take the stress off of you and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries. To learn about the specifics of the discovery process, read on.
The Discovery Process
During the discovery process, your lawyer will take care of a lot of different elements involved in your case. Your lawyer will do a lot of different things in order to build your case for you. Their main goal is to prove that the other driver is at fault for the accident. They also want to prove that you were injured in the accident. Finally, they want to prove that the other driver’s actions caused your injuries. They will research the legal claims relevant to your case in order to prove this.
Your lawyer will send questions and document requests to the defense counsel. This helps to learn more about the defendant’s role in the accident. Your lawyer will also contact the medical providers that you visited on your behalf. If you do not have all of your documentation from visits or receipts, the lawyer will get them for you. Your lawyer can also help you obtain your medical records. A copy of these records should go to the defense counsel. You should also keep a record of these documents for your own purposes.
Another thing that your lawyer will do during the discovery process is conduct witness depositions. You and your lawyer can get together to discuss who you want to call as a witness if the case goes to trial. These witnesses can help build your case. Depositions are sworn, out-of-court testimony. Discovery can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year, depending on how complicated the case is. Check out our deposition section to learn more about the role of the deposition in your case.
Your lawyer will also be in charge of interrogatories during this stage of the process. Interrogatories are pieces of written communication between both sides of the case. If your lawyer has questions for the defense, they can be asked in an interrogatory. The defense can do the same thing by sending a list of questions to you and your lawyer. If you get an interrogatory from the defense counsel, it can be helpful to have a lawyer look at it for you. They can take care of this on your behalf. This can make things easier for you so that you don’t have to interact with the defendant or the defense. Learn more about interrogatories by viewing that page in this section.