What is discovery? What are different types of legal discovery? Why do lawyers need discovery?
David Ricks Inland Empire Law Group handles personal injury in Rancho Cucamonga and throughout the Inland Empire in southern California. David became a lawyer to help people. We hope you find these videos to be beneficial in your search for information or a personal injury trial lawyer.
We provide legal services in the following personal injury practice areas:
*Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Pedestrian, and Cyclist Accident Cases
*Slip and Fall Accidents and Premises Liability Cases
*Dog Bite and Animal Attack Cases
*Medical Malpractice and Surgical Error Cases
*Wrongful Death Cases
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In a lawsuit there’s a period of time that’s called the discovery time. What is discovery? Well, think of it this way: the discovery channel. What does the discovery channel involve? They’re looking for information and trying to find answers to questions. Well, that’s the same thing it is in a lawsuit. The other side is trying to find out information from you, you are trying to find out information from them, so that the facts can all be put together to figure out what happened in this situation, who is at fault, what injuries occurred, how much is this case worth, does this case need to go to trial, and all these things play into it. Now, there are a couple of different methods of discovery that are used in most personal injury cases. There are going to be things called interrogatories. That’s kind of a big word but basically what is means is written questions. So they are going to send you a written question that you are going to answer under oath. Your attorney is going to send them interrogatories where they have to answer questions under oath. There might be something that is called a request for production of documents. That means that the other side wants documents to support a particular thing. They’ll say, “I want documents about your medical care,” or, “I want documents about your loss of earnings,” or a list of what injuries you had, or pictures, or something of that nature. So each side is going to exchange the documents. There might be something called a request for admissions. In other words, “Do you admit that you caused the accident?” or “Do you admit that you had a pre existing condition?” And so each side is exchanging information so there are no surprises down the road. Other types of discovery include what is called a deposition. This is where the other side asks an opponent or a witness questions, face to face, with a court reporter. That testimony is under oath just as if you were sitting in trial, giving your testimony before a judge and jury. A couple others are inspection of property, or a medical examination. Basically, the point of legal discovery is to exchange information so both sides no the facts of the case. Very seldom do cases involve the Perry Mason scenario, because they’ve already exchanged the documents and information. And that helps us settle cases because we know the facts before we walk into court.