After getting medical treatment for your personal injury, the next step is to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to get a professional opinion as to whether you have a valid claim.
Bring any supporting documentation, medical records, and notes you’ve taken about your situation.
Most personal injury lawyers provide free consultations, so steer clear of lawyers who charge fees just to meet with you.
What is their level of expertise and track record handling your type of case? What is their policy regarding communicating with clients?
Your attorney will research your case at this stage to fully understand how you were injured and the extent of your injuries, damages, and costs.
As your attorney negotiates with the insurance company representing the party who injured you, a monetary offer may be presented to your attorney to settle the case. You ultimately decide if the settlement is acceptable.
The Complaint is the document detailing your allegations regarding how you were injured and the extent of your damages.
During this phase, each party gathers testimony, evidence, documents and information from each other and from third parties regarding the case.
The defendant can file a motion before or after discovery is complete to ask the Court to dismiss one or more of your claims or even the entire case.
Mediations are is a non-binding, alternative dispute resolution, during which both sides present their case and engage in settlement negotiations as facilitated by the mediator.
Sometimes your case is not over even if a jury gave a verdict in your favor. The defense could appeal the case and ask a higher (appellate) court to reconsider the verdict.
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