Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Depositions in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 24, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

The early stages of any personal injury suit are dedicated to the gathering of information by both sides. Sometimes this involves doing research, collecting documents, and consulting experts, but the primary source of information for the insurance company is going to be you, the injured plaintiff. This is true both because you are the primary eyewitness to your own accident, and because you know best the pain you feel, the losses you have suffered, and the limitations on what you can do as a result of the injury. Initially the defense lawyers will seek information from you in the form of written interrogatories (questions),but you will almost certainly also be called upon to answer questions in person in a series of depositions.

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Topics: depositions, insurance company, answers to interrogatories, settlement compensation

Discovery in Personal Injury Cases - The Who, What, Where, Why and When of a Lawsuit

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 01, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

After a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the initial stage in moving toward resolution (by settlement or trial) is the discovery phase. During this time, the two opposing parties in the case exchange relevant information and conduct research into all aspects of the events in question and the people involved. The information obtained during discovery will be used by each side to build their arguments, which will be presented at a later stage of the injury case process.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Cases, discovery phase, answers to interrogatories, depositions

"Interrogatories" (a/k/a Written Questions) in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 17, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

The initial stage of your personal injury lawsuit is the discovery phase, in which both sides exchange information and research the issues surrounding your accident in order to build their cases. An important part of this information-gathering stage is the exchange and completion of interrogatories, a series of written questions submitted by one party in a lawsuit, to be answered by the opposing party. In New Jersey, we have court-mandated "form interrogatories" - questions every litigant must answer, and an attorney may ask 10 additional questions as well.

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Topics: answers to interrogatories, discovery phase, NJ Personal Injury Case, insurance company

What Steps are Involved in My Injury Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 10, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Pursuing your injury case in court is a complex process with several stages, some of which may be very time-sensitive. Your attorney will guide you through the process and make sure your injury case stays on track, but the more you understand about the way your lawsuit will progress, the more comfortable you will be.

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Topics: injury case, injury compensation, insurance company, discovery phase, answers to interrogatories

What are Answers to Interrogatories

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you are unable to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company in your personal injury case and you decide to take your case to court, it may still be a while before your attorney argues your position before a jury. Before any courtroom arguments can be made, both sides of the case need time to gather evidence to support their claims, and to "discover" the other side's evidence. . This is accomplished during the "discovery" phase of the trial; this is essentially an opportunity for your attorney and the insurance company's lawyer to do their research, to determine what evidence will be relied upon and what witnesses will be produced, and to hear what the parties and the witnesses will say if the case is tried. Unfortunately, as the injury victim and the plaintiff pursuing the case, you are going to be the subject of much of the other side's attention. The first way this is obvious is the interrogatory process.

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Topics: discovery phase, answers to interrogatories

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