A Guide for Personal Injury Lawsuits.
Filing a law suit is the step you should take, if you have slip and fell or an accident caused by another person. The damages caused by the accident can be covered by the money you will get from the lawsuit. Almost all personal injury cases are settled out of court. The steps below can be of great help, in case your personal injury case goes to trial.
Ensure you have a personal injury lawyer based in your area. There are over 100,000 personal injury lawyer. Checking if the lawyer has experience in personal injury cases is important. Also, the lawyer should have a history of getting large cash settlement for their clients.
After finding a lawyer, let them investigate your case. Your lawyer will know where to get the necessary resources to use for investigating your case. At this stage, the lawyer should know if your case is strong or not. Some of the information the lawyer should have are medical reports, police reports and witness statement. To increase chances of winning your case, the lawyer should consider the defense the opposing party will use.
The next is for your lawyer to create a demand letter. The amount you want to be compensated should be included in the demand letter. The injuries sustained and the medical bills you have used should be incurred in the demand letter. If the opposing side realize you have a strong case, in most cases they will opt to settle.
If there is no settlement, the step is for your lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Your case will go for discovery and mediation phase before it goes for trial. The importance of discovery phase is for both parties to know the strength of the case. To help both parties in settling, there is a mediator in the mediation phase. It is important you choose a mediator that is good with mediation, so that you can come to a settlement.
If the mediator does not manage to negotiate for both parties to come to an agreement, the next step is taking your personal injury case for trail. In the court room, both parties will be given a chance to represent their case in front a jury.
A decision will be made by the jury from the evidence they have collected from both parties. It is the jury who will decide which party deserves to be compensated and how much.
It is the right for the losing side to file for appeal, if they are not okay with the outcome of the case.