While the legal process can be overwhelming and challenging for someone who has recently suffered a personal injury, it should be comforting to know that there are a few things you can do to make your experience more positive.
No one really wants to face all that pursuing a personal injury claim entails, but having the right Ontario injury lawyer will greatly help you navigate the complicated legal process. One of the most challenging parts of presenting your case is examination for discovery. If you have been injured in an accident, you will likely have to be a witness at examination for discovery. This means that you will have to explain your side of the story, answer the insurance company lawyer’s questions in cross-examination, and confront all of the evidence involved in the case.
The Ontario personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are committed to helping their clients and other witnesses, such as family members, get through discovery successfully. The key to doing this is preparation. A good injury lawyer should prepare all of their witnesses for what discovery will entail. For the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth, this is accomplished through up to three meetings.
During the first meeting, the injured person or their family member is oriented to the process of discovery. Your lawyer will explain what discovery means, what will happen and what will be required of you. The Auger Hollingsworth website is full of useful information to help witnesses prepare for discovery and during this meeting, the witness will take home a package of information to look over. This first meeting is meant to introduce the witness to the process of discovery and to talk about the case in general terms.
The second meeting is more detailed and involves a dry-run of what the witness will have to say and the kinds of questions they will have to answer. Your lawyer will focus on examining you on the more difficult points of the case so that you are better prepared.
The third and final meeting involves a mock cross examination by another lawyer in the office. This ensures that you are fully prepared to be cross examined. If this trial run goes well, you should be well-prepared to face any insurance company’s lawyer. While this process of preparation may sound intense and tiring, it is worth investing the time to prepare for whatever you may face during discovery.
If you have further questions about discovery and preparing for your case, contact the Ontario personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth. Call us at 613 233-4529.