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Samuel H. Pond of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. Samuel H. Pond of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano.

The basis of our civil justice system is the ability to depose witnesses and subpoena relevant documents in order to prove a citizen’s claim. In fact, cross examination of a party is one of the foundations of our democracy. It is vital that a civil plaintiff have access to all avenues in the discovery process to uncover the facts surrounding his lawsuit. However, too often in the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system, injured workers are denied access to full discovery and the fundamental right of cross examination of a party opponent.

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