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What is discovery in a Florida car accident claim?

Being in car accident is bad enough; dealing with the pain and restriction that comes with a serious injury, not to mention the medical costs and lost work time. Then there's the insurance company. Maybe they low-balled on their settlement offer, maybe they are claiming you were at fault. Suddenly, you find you start thinking that you are going to need to go to the courts to help settle this matter. A law suit may be the only way to get deserved compensation.

One thing Florida residents should know about personal injury suits, and other legal proceedings, is that there is a process called discovery. Discovery is meant to further the legal systems objective of minimizing surprises during trials. While the shocking revelation in front of a jury makes for good television, actual legal civil procedure tries to ensure that everyone knows what evidence is available and whether it can be used.

Discovery is a process in which each side of a case elicits information from the other. This can be in written form, such as through the serving of interrogatories, which are a list of questions, on the opposing party, or it can be done in person through a deposition, in which one side asks questions verbally of a witness or party. In most cases, parties have a fairly wide scope of information that they can discover, and while the other party can object at times, information usually needs to be given anyway.It should be noted that a quick and easy way to lose a law suit is to knowingly give false information during the discovery process. Because of the scope discovery can take, such deception is most often revealed, to the detriment of the dishonest individual. It is important for Florida residents who are involved in a personal injury suit due to a car accident to understand their legal rights, and the information that the discovery process may require them to reveal.

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