There are many steps to building a personal injury case. There is a lot of work to do before your case goes to trial. Before the case goes to trial, both parties have the opportunity to build the evidence in the case.
There are many ways to build evidence in a case. One way to gather evidence in a Nevada personal injury case is by sending interrogatories to the other party. Your personal injury attorney can help ensure that you prepare interrogations in a way that benefits your case. Learn more about the details of the interrogations here.
What are interrogations in a personal injury case in Nevada?
Interrogatories in a personal injury case are written questions that one party can send to the other party in the case. The party receiving the questions has 30 days to send their responses to the other side. The party responding to the interrogations must answer the questions under oath.
Interrogations are one way to reduce problems of disagreement, gather information, and generate evidence in an injury case. Rule 33 of the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure gives most of the rules for sending and answering interrogations.
What are some common questions to ask in a Nevada personal injury case?
Most people use questioning to formally narrow down the issues in dispute and prepare for a deposition. For example, you can use interrogations to request an agreement on basic information such as the location of the accident or the color of the vehicles involved. You can use questioning to identify witnesses such as the identity of others in a vehicle. Some of the questions you can ask using interrogations include:
- List your insurance information, including company, policy number, address, and phone number
- Describe the color of the light at the time of the accident (red, green, etc.)
- Please indicate your activities for the day of the accident, including the intended destination at the time of the accident.
- What repairs did you make to your vehicle after the accident?
- For anyone you have talked to about the accident, please provide your name, address, and phone number
- List and describe all the times you have been arrested and criminal convictions
- List and describe the medications you were taking at the time of the accident.
- List and explain anytime your driver’s license has been suspended or expired
These are just a few of the questions you can send in a personal injury case. Your injury attorney can help you decide what questions to ask in your case.
How many interrogations can I submit in a personal injury case?
You can submit up to 40 interrogations in a personal injury case. If you want to send more, you can get permission from the court. You can also ask for more questioning if the other party agrees.
When can I submit interrogations on my case?
You can begin questioning in your case at any time after the conference report of a joint case. If there is no conference report for a joint case, you can initiate questioning ten days after a separate conference report. If a different time is more appropriate, you can ask the court to order a different time frame.
Which party can send interrogations?
Either party in a personal injury case can submit interrogations. If you are the plaintiff, you can send them to the defendant. The defendant can also send them to you. The same rules for asking and answering questions apply to both sides of the injury case.
How long do I have to respond to questioning in a Nevada personal injury case?
You have 30 days to respond to the interrogations once you receive them. You must provide answers or objections. You can agree with the other party for a different time period or ask the court to adjust the time period if you need more time for good reason.
How do I respond to interrogations?
Answer the questions by indicating each question and then directly answering the question below. You must sign the answers to the interrogations. You do not send the answers directly to the court. Instead, send the responses directly to the other party.
What if I object to some of the interrogations?
There are some circumstances in which you do not have to answer an interrogative question. For example, the question may be completely irrelevant to the case. The question may be excessively burdensome to answer, protected by privilege, or the other party may have asked the question just to harass you.
If you think you have a valid objection, state the question and then state your objection. It is not enough to say “objection”. Instead, you must state the specific reasons for the objection. If the other party disagrees with your objection, they can ask the court to order you to answer the question. An experienced attorney can help protect you against discovery harassment and abuse.
What happens if the answer changes?
Your responses to questioning may change over time. The other side’s answers may also change. If you have already answered the questions and your answers change, you need to update your answers without waiting for the other party to request an update.
Are the answers to the interrogations admissible at trial?
The Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure state that responses to questioning are admissible if they are otherwise admissible under the rules of evidence. Usually that means that an interrogative answer from another party is admissible in some way unless the answer contains hearsay or is precluded by another rule. Your attorney can help you use questioning effectively at trial.
How Our Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
Are you involved in a personal injury case? Questions about the interrogations? Our experienced Las Vegas accident attorneys can help you. When used effectively, interrogations are critical to building your claim.
We have years of experience helping thousands of clients build their claims effectively using interrogation and other discovery methods. We can help you fight discovery abuse tactics from the other side that may leave you feeling harassed as you seek justice in your case. Contact us today to start working on your claim.