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Defining Some Terms

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: October 24, 2014
Defining Some Terms

If you sustain an injury in southern California because of someone else’s negligence – whether it’s an individual, a company, or even a government agency – get help from an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been hurt in a traffic collision, a slip-and-fall accident at the supermarket, a medical malpractice incident, or in any other scenario. If another person’s negligence is the reason you’ve been injured, in California you are legally entitled to compensation for your medical treatment and related expenses.

Most personal injury cases in this state are settled out-of-court through negotiation. Before any personal injury case goes to trial, the discovery process will take place. “Discovery” is the legal expression for the process of attorneys compiling evidence and information. The “interrogatory” is a key part of the discovery process; it’s a set of usually tricky questions from the other side’s attorney(s) about your injury, the accident that caused it, your costs related to the injury, and the affect of the injury on your ability to work. Responding to interrogatory questions thoroughly and truthfully is essential and may be the key to winning your lawsuit.

A “deposition” may also be part of the discovery process. Depositions are interrogations conducted under oath by opposing counsel. The “subpoena” may also be part of discovery; it’s a court order that either compels a person to appear for a deposition or requires specific documents (medical records, for instance) to be produced.

Seek the advice of a good Los Angeles personal injury lawyer immediately if you’ve sustained a personal injury of any kind anywhere in the southern California region. You may be compensated for your medical expenses and lost wages, and in some cases you may be awarded other damages. You have to take the first step, however, and make the call promptly.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.