I have been hurt in an accident in Los Angeles. I may file a lawsuit. What does “discovery” mean?

If you have been hurt in an accident in Los Angeles, you may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit so that you can obtain compensation for your damages. If you hire an attorney, the attorney can help walk you through the phases of the lawsuit.

Discovery refers to one phase of a lawsuit. Discovery happens after a legal complaint is filed in court and delivered to a defendant. Discovery is a process that attorneys and their clients use to understand the facts of the case. Although each side understands the case from their own perspective, but discovery helps all the parties discover information that the other side knows. This can help both sides to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their case as well as to prepare for a potential trial. The parties may also more easily reach a settlement after learning more about the other side’s evidence.

There are several forms of discovery which are commonly used in a personal injury case in Los Angeles. Depositions are common. They are chances for each party to question the other or to question other witnesses with knowledge about the case. Depositions are done in the presence of a court reporter and occur under oath. Interrogatories are another type of discovery. They are lists of questions sent to the other party which must be answered. Requests for production of documents are also common. They are requests for each side to produce documents that are relevant to the case.

If you have been harmed in an accident in the Los Angeles area and you have suffered damages, you should call a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.