Requests to inspect the premises of a manufacturing facility, a location at which there was a slip and fall or any other location relevant to the lawsuit in the custody and control of the opponent is a frequently utilized discovery device. The lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will frequently take their video or other cameras, and occasionally an expert, to inspect, photograph, photocopy, videotape, or otherwise record an accident scene, or the vehicle that caused the injury to our client, particularly a large truck. The use of a Request to Inspect can also be valuable when there was an injury to a person or property caused by, for example, a water leak. The lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. recently completed a lawsuit against the landlord relating to injuries sustained when the ceiling fell on our client's head. The premises were subject to a Request to Inspect to determine why the ceiling fell after it had been repaired from a water leak and why the water continued to leak despite the repair. In "the group home cases", which this law firm has received favorable recognition, we often would inspect and potentially photograph, by videotape or otherwise, the living conditions of the individuals in the group home that we represented. Requests to Inspect and Photocopy are extremely important component of the discovery of facts in a lawsuit.
Requests for Production of Documents
Request for production of documents are a second basic form of discovery exchanged between the parties at the early stages of a lawsuit. An example of a set of Request for Production of Documents for an automobile accident case is attached to this blog. Request for Production of Documents generally seek documents relating to the amount of insurance, the reports and credentials of experts, reports relating to the accident, statements taken from parties and witnesses relating to the accident and other matters relevant to the lawsuit.
by Ira Sherman