Avoiding Legal Trouble

4 Ways To Strengthen Your Legal Case As A Plaintiff

If you're involved in civil litigation, you should be prepared for the discovery stage. This is the time you will need to prove why you deserve compensation for your losses and work towards building a strong case. There are four parts in the discovery stage and knowing what each of these are will help you better prepare for each one.

Written interrogatories

You may be asked a series of questions about the lawsuit. This will help get the details about what happened and who should win the case. There are usually no more than 25 questions in the written interrogatories. When you're served this document, it's critical to the outcome of your case to answer each one thoroughly and accurately.

Additionally, if possible provide dates, times and witnesses who may be able to back up your side of the story. The more information you can provide, the better it will be for your case.

The deposition

Meeting with your opposing parties' attorney may be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the discovery stage. However, doing so will allow you to work towards building the strongest case possible.

Listed below are things you should know about a deposition:

1. You must be sworn in under oath before answering any questions.

2. Your attorney should be in attendance with you.

3. There will be an individual present who will be transcribing the entire meeting, and you will get a copy of it.

Request for Admissions

Getting to the facts of the dispute is important and may allow for a shorter court case if your dispute gets this far.  The request for admissions is a document that will require you to either admit or deny a certain statement regarding your individual case.

Request for Production Documents

When trying to recover your financial losses that may be due to an injury, you should do so during this stage of discovery. It's important to provide the official documentation that states your losses, such as medical bills or a letter from your employer stating you missed work because of this legal dispute.

The more factual information you can provide that is proven by reports or written documents at this point, the greater possibility that you may win your case.

Being prepared for the discovery stage of civil litigation can be helpful to any plaintiff.  Be sure to consult with a personal injury attorney (such as one from Spiegal And Barbato LLP) who can guide you through this legal process accurately.