A Step-by-Step View of How the Injury Litigation Process Works
After your injury, you’ve taken time to get settled back into your normal, everyday life – but perhaps things haven’t ever truly “gotten back to normal.” Your new normal is living with an injury that keeps you from doing some things in your life, like returning to the job you had to leave when you became injured or living without pain from the injury. Either way, you have spoken to your attorney on some level and you’re about to get started on your personal injury case because you’ve taken the recovery you needed to get back on your feet as much as possible. Today we want to lessen your stress and walk you through how the personal injury litigation process works, from start to finish, in an easy-to-follow way that will help you understand what to expect.
From Beginning to End: A Personal Injury Lawsuit Overview
Before you even start looking at the parameters of the court process when you take your personal injury matters in front of a judge, it all starts with your attorney. Perhaps you have already talked to your attorney on some level but, the truth is, there will be a lot of talking (even more than one meeting, on occasion) until your case really lifts off. This is because your attorney wants to be properly fitted with the information that will help them litigate your case and get you the most compensation as you deserve.
You will discuss a wide variety of subjects in your case, such as what medical care you have received and how you will prove it, what insurance coverage you have and what it has been covering, the current state of your injuries and what is expected for the future, the contract between you and your attorney, and more. After this, this is where the litigation process truly begins when you file your case.
Pleading: This is when you file the pleading with the help of your attorney, which includes what the defendant is being sued for and what damages you are seeking for your injuries. The defendant will answer your complaint and you will go from there.
Discovery: Discovery is where the plaintiff starts to prove their case and the defendant gives information that could defend themselves. A lot of the time, this part of your trial will involve interrogation.
Pre-Trial: Pre-trial motions show what evidence could be excluded from trial and parties will insist what is true and what is not before they move onto the next step.
Talks of Settlement: You may be able to engage in a settlement at any time in the court process before a verdict is reached.
Verdict: The judge will render a verdict based on the information, and whether or not they have found the defendant liable in your case. If so, they will say how much they believe the defendant owes you in damages.
Appeal: Either party can choose to disagree with the verdict and appeal a decision if they believe a mistake was made or do not agree with the decision.
As you can see, there are many stages of a personal injury trial. Sometimes it is difficult to handle one or more parts on your own, and so you should always have an experienced attorney on your side for these matters. We want to help you every step of the way in your case at The Los Angeles Injury Group, where your case matters. Call us today for more information on how we can help at 310-954-7248.