After a lawsuit is filed, both sides usually send each other "discovery" requests. These are written questions about the accident, the injuries, the medical treatment, prior medical history, etc., and requests for documentation related to all of the above. Each side is allowed to discover what the other side will say at trial and their legal theories of the case. The opposing attorney will be permitted to see your medical history, your work history and your financial history. You may have to submit to a medical examination with a doctor chosen by the defendant. You may also have to give sworn testimony at a deposition. We are allowed to find out all of the above information about the opposing party as well.