The Lawsuit Process
Wondering how a potential personal injury lawsuit works? Each lawsuit has its unique specifics, but there can be a formula to the way it folds, and it’s helpful for you to know. Often, the process unfolds like so:
• Your attorney begins the process by drafting a document known as a complaint and then filing it in court. The complaint alleges what the defendant has done wrong and lays out a corrective course of action (e.g. paying a certain amount of damages).
• After the complaint is pre-trial maneuvering. During this period, lawyers on either side engage in discovery, an exchange of information that helps them build their case. Medical records can be obtained and witnesses can be interviewed during discovery, and often lawyers appear in court in front of a judge. This phase can last a few weeks or can go as long as several months.
• At any point during the pre-trial phase, a settlement can be reached. Quite often, cases like these do get settled before trial. As your legal counsel, we help decide if the settlement is a fair offer in relation to your injury. If we don’t feel it is, we prepare to go to trial.
• If the case doesn’t settle, both sides present their case to a judge and a verdict is reached. If we win your case, the judge orders the defendant to pay you, the plaintiff, a specific amount of money.
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