Discovery is the investigation that takes place before a lawsuit goes to trial. During the discovery phase of a lawsuit, parties gather facts and information about the other party to build their case. Discovery can be written, in the form of interrogatories or request for production, or oral, such as a deposition.
The defendant can ask you any questions that may lead to evidence that is relevant to your case. Common subjects for questioning are:
- Employment history for the past 10;
- Home addresses for the past 10 years;
- Medical providers who treated you for accident-related injuries;
- Other medical providers who treated you within the past 10 years (and reason for that treatment);
- Criminal history;
- Prior claims, lawsuits and/or Worker’s Compensation claims;
- Insurance information;
- Injuries from prior or subsequent car wrecks or other accidents;
- Witness information; and
- Cell phone account information.