Discovery and the Ottawa Car Accident Victim

OTTAWA PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER – Most personal injury lawyers will tell you that many cases are won or lost at examination for discovery. This is the part of the case where you are asked questions, under oath, by the opposing lawyer.  The questions and answers are transcribed by a court reported and become evidence to be used by the opposing lawyer at trial.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your case is failing to prepare for discovery.

In a motor vehicle accident case, your pre-accident medical condition is relevant.  The insurance company’s lawyer will have access to all your medical records.  For example, the opposing lawyer will know if you complained of headaches in the year leading up to your accident because your doctor will have written it into your chart.

If you deny ever having a headache before the accident, it will hurt your case.  Even if you innocently forgot.  Even if the headaches are different from what you have after the accident.

You can avoid this pitfall by asking your lawyer to review your medical records with you before your discovery.  In almost every case, we review our client’s evidence with them at least twice before discovery.   If the client wishes additional meetings, we can almost always accomodate this request.  Discovery prep is a crucial step toward a successful settlement or judgment.

Have you received an accident-related injury in Ottawa and want the best help in preparing for your discovery? A top personal injury lawyer is the best call you can make. For more information, contact the Ottawa injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 860-4529.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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