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Discovery in Virginia Injury Cases

September 28, 2015 in Articles, Personal Injury Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

One thing that personal injury lawyers do is help clients understand the various types of legal jargon that describe common legal practices, as well as particular issues in state law. If defendants are really serious about avoiding liability in a case, and the injury victim is determined to get compensation, different types of legal processes may apply.

One such process is called ‘discovery.’  Generally speaking, discovery involves the processes used to alert the parties about aspects of the case and items that may become evidence in a case. Various forms of discovery may be used by injury lawyers to advance a case.  The most common forms of discovery in Virginia injury cases are interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admissions, and depositions.

Interrogatories

Interrogatories are often in written form. These questions are sent between the parties in order to generate results for evidence. For example, interrogatories may go over the facts and conditions around the accident and injury in ways that will provide a better picture of what really happened on that day. The results of the interrogatories help to show the opinions and allegations presented by either party.

Depositions

Many of us are familiar with this one from television. This is where various parties, such as the plaintiff or defendant, may be asked questions in a courtroom, before which they may swear or affirm to tell the truth. Depositions and testimony are often important parts of a case, and they are the more immediate parts that the courtroom audience sees.

Medical Discovery

Another important aspect of discovery and personal injury cases is medical evaluation. Much like medical witnesses may be called in a criminal trial, some types of medical experts may be called in a personal injury case. More commonly, lawyers rely on documents showing that timely, impartial medical evaluation occurred and showing what the doctor’s diagnosis was, as well as his or her opinion on the extent of the injuries.

Fighting for the Injury Victim

While pursuing these types of discovery according to Virginia state law, Central Virginia injury lawyers will stay in active communication with other attorneys representing other parties in the case. This may mean going up against the attorneys of an insurance company or talking to business lawyers for a company or firm that had responsibility for a certain set of premises.

Through all this, qualified personal injury attorneys will keep the client informed about his or her legal options and possible outcomes in the case. They will let clients know what they can expect in terms of timelines and legal results, explaining what’s normal and reasonable in local courts.

Help From Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers

Anyone who is injured in the Charlottesville, Virginia area can contact the personal injury attorneys at MartinWren, P.C. Let our experienced and qualified injury legal teams keep you informed throughout your case, making sure your voice is heard in local Virginia courts. Call Robert E. Byrne, Jr., an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney, to get an attentive, dedicated firm on your side to bring a personal injury case forward in the Central VA area.

Contact Our Virginia Lawyers

We serve clients throughout Virginia — from Charlottesville and Central Virginia to metropolitan Richmond; Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke; and the cities of Hampton Roads to the Northern Virginia cities of  Fairfax, Alexandria and Arlington.

To speak with one of our attorneys, please call us at (434) 817-3100.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers at MartinWren, P.C. also have a statewide practice and offer free consultations at a time and location that is convenient for you.  We will gladly meet with you at your home or at the hospital, even on nights and weekends.

To schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer, please call us at (434) 817-3100.

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