TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED 7 This begins the formal litigation phase of your case within the court system. Here are the important steps of your case once it enters the legal system: OVERVIEW OF A CIVIL LAWSUIT continued FILING A LAWSUIT This is when you (the plaintiff) and the entity and/or people you are suing (the defendants) exchange written questions and requests for documents to gather facts and evidence from each other. WRITTEN DISCOVERY These are in-person question and answer sessions under oath in front of a court reporter in which each side seeks to gain additional facts and evidence, as well as to get a better understanding of how the accident impacted you and how you present as a witness. Depositions typically take place in a conference room at an attorney’s office and are the most important determining aspect of the success of your case. DEPOSITIONS This is when both sides have the opportunity to hire experts in relevant fields to review the evidence and to make opinions about the liability and damages aspects of your case. EXPERT WITNESSES TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 •