When you are suffering from injuries as a result of another’s negligence, you probably want to consider the process of filing a personal injury case. The process can overwhelm you especially if you look at the whole procedure but if you understand the main concept behind it and do little steps, the process will likely appear to be easier.
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Your first step is to consult with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury. Referrals and checking the Internet for local lawyers are your options. There must be a minimum of three lawyers to choose from so that you can choose the one whom you can work with the best. After hiring a lawyer, the lawyer must clarify the procedure for filing a personal injury case; the lawyer must also explain which documents you need to accomplish.
During the process of data gathering, both parties shall get as much data as required from the other so that all facts pertaining for the case are identified. Legal documents shall be sent to each party; the lawyers can file a Motion to Dismiss prior to the trial. The injured party and its lawyer shall have a meeting with the other party and its lawyer for settlement. Most of the time, settlements are preferred rather than proceeding with the lawsuit.
Should a settlement does not resolve the case, then the trial will commend. Every party has the chance to testify and present witnesses to confirm their evidence. The lawyers will provide their closing arguments and the jury will deliberate on the final decision.
If the lawsuit is successful, the injured party shall be granted a monetary compensation based on the jury’s decision. However, the monetary compensation is not given instantly; you will be informed how to collect the money as required.
If the verdict does not prove satisfactory to one of the parties involved, they can file an appeal.
This article is not intended nor should be considered legal advice.