Your attorney has invited you to his or her office to go over get responses to Discovery. What is Discovery? How does it work? Why do you need to give your responses? Discovery is an important part of the litigation process in any case. It is the time period, after a lawsuit is filed, that allows you and your attorney to learn about the Defendant and their perspective of the incident. It also gives the Defense an opportunity to learn about you, and the positions you hold, respective to the event you were involved in. Discovery includes a number of different forms, including written discovery and depositions. For the purposes of this blog, we will focus on the different types of written discovery that are traditionally presented to a party during a civil case involving a motor vehicle collision.
Requests for Production (RFP’s)
Requests for Production are requests by one side to the other, to produce documents or evidence which the requesting party believes is pertinent to the matter at hand.
Requests for Disclosure (RFD’s)
Requests for Disclosure are requests by one side to the other that are routine to the type of case being presented to the court. In a motor vehicle collision, things like the police report, or the insurance policy limits would be disclosed in responses to requests for disclosure.
Interrogatories are questions are that one side asks the other, that the side requesting the responses to the questions believes is relevant to the matter at hand.
Requests for Admissions (RFA’s)
Requests for Admissions are questions asked to one side by the other, that ask for an affirmative Yes or No, or Admit or Deny. These questions, similar to Interrogatories, are questions that the requesting side feel are pertinent to the matter at hand.
Objecting to written Discovery
There are a number of objections that are available to the responding party. Some of the common objections to written discovery questions are that the questions are too overbroad, or too extensive in their scope. Another objection is objecting based on the questions being irrelevant to the matter at hand. These are only a couple of the objections available to a party responding to a written discovery request.
It is important to be properly represented if you are ever injured by another party’s negligence. It is important to speak to an attorney about your legal rights and make sure you are fully apprised of those rights. The attorneys at Herrman & Herrman PLLC are always on standby to help! If you have any questions about a potential claim or would like to sit down for a consultation and discuss your issue, please contact us immediately. At Herrman & Herrman PLLC, we always strive to put our clients, first!
*This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to, and should not be construed as legal advice.