What is the discovery process in Georgia personal injury cases?
Civil Discovery Process in Georgia Personal Injury Cases
The civil discovery process in Georgia personal injury cases is the procedure by which parties to a lawsuit can request information and documents from each other and from third parties in order to gather evidence for their case. The purpose of discovery is to allow each party to fully understand the facts and legal issues involved in the case and to prepare for trial.
In Georgia, the civil discovery process in Georgia personal injury cases is governed by the Georgia Civil Practice Act and the rules of civil procedure. The discovery process begins after a complaint/lawsuit has been filed and a defendant has been served with the complaint.
There are several types of discovery tools that parties can use during the discovery process in Georgia, including:
- Interrogatories: Written questions that one party may send to the other party, which must be answered under oath.
- Depositions: Oral testimony taken under oath, typically outside of court.
- Requests for production of documents: A request for the other party to produce specific documents or other tangible things for inspection and copying.
- Requests for admission: A request for the other party to admit or deny the truth of certain statements or the authenticity of certain documents.
- Expert witness disclosures: A requirement that parties disclose the identities and qualifications of any expert witnesses they may call to testify at trial.
Parties may also use other discovery tools, such as physical or mental examinations and subpoenas, in appropriate cases.
It’s important to note that the discovery process can be complex and time-consuming. An attorney can help you navigate the discovery process in your case and ensure that your rights are protected.