Usually, getting injured physically or mentally is considered as a personal injury. Sometimes it may include both damages well. And to deal with the consequences of a personal injury you have go in action with personal injury laws. So if you think your personal injury is caused by someone’s negligence then you have to get a personal injury attorney and go through the lawsuit process. Here I am describing the process in an easy way so that you can deal with it more precisely.
- Starting a Case
After getting a personal injury attorney he or she will file a lawsuit in the court. This document is called pleading. Then some other documents will be submitted by your lawyer as well. It will depend on the nature of your case and your position in one.
- Disclosure of Information
The federal court recommends disclosing all necessary facts and info since 1940. This ensures the amount of “surprises” to a minimum. This step requires interrogations, document production and depositions etc. This step also requires giving all facts about the case. So you have to be honest with your attorney. And your opponent’s attorney will try everything to challenge your statement. So always consult your lawyer before facing the other attorney.
At this step the car wreck attorney will arrange for a settlement to resolve the case. In easy words, the defendant agrees to pay the required value asked by the victim. Only the victim can accept or refuse a settlement offer. So the defendant’s lawyer is obliged to offer the best possible deal. But if this step fails then the case will face a trial.
In this stage a judge or jury considers the necessary information to reach a decision. And this is determined by the “preponderance of evidence.” A personal injury trial will include the following stages:
- Jury Selection
- Opening Statements
- Testimony of witness and Cross-Examination
- Closing Statements
- Jury Instruction
- Jury Deliberation and Verdict
The trial can be the final destination of a case. But if someone appeals on the judgment then the case will be reconsidered by different trials at different courts. So an appeal can result in both solution and re-trials. And thus, either the case ends or keeps up going. But it is in everyone’s best interest to solve the case as soon as possible, and you should do that too! Well remember what Eldridge Cleaver said, “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.” So always try to take part in the solution.
Stephen Owen (Your Personal Injury Attorney)