Steps to Follow in a Personal Injury Lawsuit.
If you get injured from a slip and fall or any other accident that was not your fault, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. The money you will get from the lawsuit can be used to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Almost all personal injury cases are settled out of court. Here is a guide you can follow, if your personal injury case goes to trial.
First, it is important you find a personal injury lawyer from your area. The market is flooded with personal injury lawyers, getting one should not be challenging. 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.
The lawyer you have hired will help you in investigating 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. Your lawyer should have police reports, photographs from the scene of the accident, witness testimonies, medical bills and your employment history. A good lawyer should find out about the defense of the other party.
If the lawyer considers your case to be strong, they will create a demand letter. The framework of your case and the compensation amount should not miss on the demand letter. The injuries sustained and the medical bills you have used should be incurred in the demand letter. The opposing side may decide to settle depending on how strong your case is.
Your lawyer will need to file a personal law suit, if the other party doesn’t want to settle.
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. After the discovery phase there is the mediation phase where a mediator is involved. 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. The jury will listen to both parties involved as they give their side of the story.
The jury will take everything that both you and the opposing party and then decide who caused the accident. Decisions on who should be compensated and how much will be determined by the jury after listening to your case.
If you lose the case, if you want to appeal, you can go ahead and do that.