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The Discovery Process in a Car Accident Case

If you’re hurt in a Nevada car crash, you might deserve compensation for your injuries. Even in cases where a person suffers severe injuries, they might worry about the case ahead. You might think that the legal process is long and stressful. The process can become much less worrisome if you know what to expect.

What’s discovery in a lawsuit?

When two or more parties are in the middle of a lawsuit, the courts allow the parties to ask for information from the other side. The information must be relevant. That is, the information must have to do with the case.

The information that one side asks for from the other doesn’t necessary have to be admissible at a trial. Rather, if the information that one party seeks might even lead to other information that’s admissible at a trial, they can ask for the information from the other side. Nevada’s discovery rules allow the parties to a lawsuit to ask for information that’s relevant to the subject matter of the case. The information can relate to either a claim or a defense in the case.

The different types of discovery

There are lots of different types of discovery. Some of these types of discovery are written, some are oral and other discovery demands production of documents. A person in a lawsuit can ask for discovery from another party and even from a non-party.

One type of discovery involves submitting written questions to another party. These are called interrogatories. The other side has to answer those questions under oath. You can also ask the other side to make various admissions that are helpful to your side of the case. If you receive an interrogatory request from the other party, your ( lawyer can help you prepare an appropriate response.

Another type of discovery is called a deposition. A deposition allows a party to place another party or even a non-party witness under oath. Then the person has to answer questions about the case. This can be a good way to tie a person down to their story. It’s also helpful to determine what the person knows about the case.

Limitations on discovery

The court can place limitations on discovery requests. The court can set limits to the number and length of allowed depositions. Parties can also motion the court for help if they think that the other party’s request is too burdensome or not relevant to the case at hand. Courts can also issue scheduling orders that limit a party’s discovery requests to a certain time frame. This allows the case to make progress towards trial.

There are some discovery exceptions for information that’s privileged or confidential. It’s important to work with your attorney to determine whether the information the other side requests falls under any exceptions to Nevada’s discovery law. You only have a limited amount of time to respond to a discovery request, so it’s important to begin working on a discovery request as soon as possible.

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