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 lawsuit can help you in getting money to pay your medical bills, lost wages and many more. Up to 95% of personal injury cases don’t reach to the court room, both parties agree to settle 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. Ensure the lawyer you have settled for is know to ensure their clients get large amounts of money in compensation.
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 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. 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.
Before your case goes to trial it has to pass through the discovery and mediation phase. In the discovery phase, both your lawyer and that of the opposing side will be able to gather evidence from both sides, so that they can know how strong your case will be. After the discovery phase there is the mediation phase where a mediator is involved. Ensure you have a mediator that is highly skilled.
If the mediation phase is not successful, there is not other choice but for your case to go for trial. 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. Decisions on who should be compensated and how much will be determined by the jury after listening to your case.
It is the right for the losing side to file for appeal, if they are not okay with the outcome of the case.