Attorney/Client Privilege: A client's privilege to refuse to disclose communication between the client and his/her attorney. This privilege protects communications between the attorney and client made for furnishing or obtaining professional legal assistance.
Client Statement: A statement that you prepare for your attorney that describes how you were injured, the extent of your injuries, and anything else you think is relevant to your case, including how your life has been affected. A client statement may take different forms, including a letter.
Deposition: A process during which one party is asked questions under oath by the other party's attorney.
Discovery: The phase during litigation when both
sides try to find out as much as possible about the other side's case.
Final Report (also called a Permanency Report): A written document prepared by a doctor to explain the patient's physical condition at the time the report
is made, how much disability is present, whether the injuries are permanent, whether the injuries will limit the patient in his/her profession, and whether
the patient will need surgery or additional medical treatment in the future.
In addition, if a previous injury is involved, the doctor will indicate which symptoms or disabilities are due to which injury.
Interrogatories: Written questions submitted by the other party's attorney to elicit information about the case.
Settlement Brochure: A brochure submitted by the plaintiff's attorney to the defendant's insurance adjuster to initiate settlement of the case. The brochure presents all of the information about the case, describes how the plaintiff's life has changed, and makes a demand.
Statute of Limitations: A state law that dictates how many years after the injury-causing incident a lawsuit may be filed.
Tort-feasor: The party from whom compensation is sought (known as the defendant after a lawsuit is filed).
Victim: The party who is seeking compensation (known as the plaintiff after a lawsuit is filed).