There are a variety of rules that must be followed in a civil case to ensure that your rights are protected and to secure the compensation that you deserve after you are injured in a car accident. Some examples include identifying the witnesses whom you intend to call at trial, having key evidence admitted into the record, and filing certain documents before time limits expire. It can be difficult to navigate these rules, which is why retaining a knowledgeable North Carolina car accident lawyer can relieve a lot of the stress associated with bringing a personal injury claim.
Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeal issued an opinion in a case in which the parties disputed whether one of the parties could seek an appeal during the litigation before a final decision was rendered. The plaintiff operated a city bus when a vehicle struck the bus from the rear. The plaintiff was injured as a result of the crash and filed a claim against the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended the bus, alleging that the driver operated the vehicle negligently.
During the discovery phase, in which the parties obtain evidence from each other, the defendant filed a motion to compel the plaintiff to provide more thorough responses to some of the defendant’s discovery requests. The trial court granted the motion and issued an order stating that the plaintiff must provide more specific information about her health care providers and injuries before the accident, any mental disabilities that she suffered, and more information about her income and hours worked after the accident.