What is Discovery in a Legal Case?
If you or someone you know has ever been involved in a personal injury case, you've probably heard a lawyer use the term "discovery."
So what is discovery?
In legal cases, discovery is a term to describe the sharing or exchanging of evidence related to a case.
The discovery phase accounts for the majority of the case from the time after a lawsuit is filed up through the final steps before trial.
Discovery includes everything from:
- exchanging documents, photos, videos, and reports relating to the incident,
- depositions, which is the testimony of those involved in the case,
- expert testimony from both parties
- written questions that the parties must answer truthfully,
- and other things like subpoenas for documents from nonparties and inspections of any property involved.
Why is Discovery Important in My Legal Case?
Discovery is important because it's an opportunity for each side to gather evidence for their case. It helps both sides understand what's at stake and how the case should proceed, including if it should settle and for how much. That's why it's so important that your personal injury law firm is experienced in seeking the right discovery needed for your case, because without it, it's hard to prove.
Our team is experienced in handling the most complex and catastrophic injury cases. We've handled many discovery battles and have a passion for making sure that our clients get the best representation each and every time. To learn other legal terms, be sure to check out our videos or read the articles on our website, which are linked here.