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What Questions Will I Have To Answer In Discovery For A Rear End Collision Claim?


The questions that you can expect to answer vary by the insurance company and by the attorney that is handling the discovery process. Most attorneys have their list of favorite questions that they ask but a typical question that you can expect them to ask is to provide a list of all the doctors that you have seen for injuries that you say are connected to the wreck. They are also going to want to have a list of all the doctors that you have seen that have treated you for similar injuries in the past. They are going to want to have a list of hospitalizations usually for the last 10 years. They are going to want to know if you have ever injured the same body parts, or if you’ve ever had injuries to other body parts. What they are basically trying to do is trying to get an understanding of the physical shape your body was in before the wreck and the physical shape your body was in after the wreck. Just because you have a prior injury does not mean you do not have a good claim. It is simply one of many facts that can impact your damages and the at-fault driver is usually entitled to learn about these facts.

If you are claiming lost wages then you can expect to answer questions about lost wages that could include how much you were making prior to the wreck and how much you have made since the wreck each year. Finally, you can expect to answer questions about the injuries and how the injuries have affected you in your day-to-day life. This could include questions such as to provide a list of all the things that you are unable to do since the wreck, a list of things that you’ve had trouble doing since the wreck or things that are painful for you to do since the wreck as well as list the parts of your body from the top of your head to the soles of your feet that you claim was injured in the wreck.

What Is Going To Happen During A Deposition?

A deposition is simply a question and answers session under oath where the attorney for the other side gets an opportunity to ask you questions and you answer those questions to the best of your ability. Generally speaking, before you go to the deposition, if you have hired the Roch Law Firm, you will have an opportunity to have a session with me where we go through the process in detail so that you know what to expect and when you and I go to the deposition, there won’t be any surprises. In a deposition room, you can expect there to be the attorney for the other side, the court reporter and of course you and your attorney. The defendant or the other person that hurt you is not going to be in the room during the deposition. It’s just going to be the attorney for the other side. They are going to ask you questions and you’ve got to give them the answers to the best of your ability.

These questions are going to be very similar to the questions you have already answered on paper. The only difference is that in a deposition, you are going to answer them by speaking and having a conversation with them. They may ask you a question such as how old are you, where you work, were you working at the same location at the time of the wreck, what parts of your body do you claim got injured in the wreck, what part of your body hurts the most now, what treatment have you gotten for that part of the body since the time of the wreck, and similar questions. If based on your best recollections, if you don’t know an answer, you can say “I don’t recall.” It’s not like a test where you get points off if you don’t recall.

How Can My Lawyer Prepare Me For A Deposition?

Generally, to prepare for a deposition, we meet before the deposition and we familiarize you with what to expect. We do this before the deposition so that when you walk into the deposition, you understand what’s expected of you so that you can do your best in terms of answering the questions of the deposition. The goal of the deposition is always the same: It is to provide simple, clear, and truthful answers.

How Does The Attorney Arrive At A Value For My Rear End Collision Case?

There are many factors that go into deciding what the value of your personal injury case is. This includes the severity of your injury, whether you have injured that part of your body before, the type of care that you received for that injury, the severity of the impact, and how difficult it is to prove that the other person caused the wreck. One of the things that sounds really unfair and may well be unfair but is a factor in deciding the value of your case is where the lawsuit will ultimately be brought. In Georgia, the law says that the defendant must live in the County where the lawsuit has to be brought. It means that if you live in Cobb County and the wreck happened in Cobb County but the defendant lives in Paulding County, then you don’t get to sue them in your county. You have to sue them in Paulding County.

That seems really unfair, but that’s what the law is in Georgia. In some counties, the juries are a bit more conservative than in other counties and it does affect the value of the case. One of the things that the attorneys will do in deciding the value of the case is to look at other cases in that County that are like yours that have resulted in settlements or verdicts. Then they look at your case and use those other cases as a yardstick to measure the likely value of your case. That being said, every single person is different and every single wreck is different. Even though we can come up with a certain range for a case, at the end of the day, the value of your case is unique to you and to your injuries and there is no magic formula that really decides what that number is. One of the final factors that decides what the value of your case is your willingness to fight.

If there is an offer on the table that results in money being put in your pocket, some plaintiffs look at that number and say, “I want to take that number.” If they take that number then that is the value of their case. Other plaintiffs will look at that number and say “I don’t think that’s what the value of my case is. I think my case is worth more.” Those plaintiffs then go to trial. When they go to trial and a jury looks them in the eye and gives them a verdict, the number on that verdict card is the value of their case and ultimately that’s how cases are decided. For many plaintiffs, holding out for top dollar is the only way to ever get top dollar for their case. For other plaintiffs, however, the additional cost of preparing and going to trial as well as the risk of the trial may outweigh the chance of a larger verdict. The only way to decide whether to insist on the trial or take a settlement is through extensive talks with your lawyer.

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