Steps to Follow in a Personal Injury Lawsuit.
Filing a law suit is the step you should take, if you have slip and fell or an accident caused by another person. The money you will get from the lawsuit can be used to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. 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.
Having a personal injury lawyer based in our area is recommended. 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. A good lawyer will have resources to use to investigate your case. A good lawyer should tell you, if you have a strong case depending on their investigation. 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. Some of the things that should be included in the demand letter are, the injuries you have sustained, the medical bills incurred, wages you have lose because of the accident and many more. 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.
Before your case goes to trial it has to pass through the discovery and mediation phase. To know how strong the case is, both parties gather evidence from both sides in the discovery phase. In the mediation phase a mediator will try to have both parties agree on a settlement instead of going to court. Having the mediator that has the right skills is important during the mediation phase.
If the mediation phase is not successful, there is not other choice but for your case to go for trial. The jury will listen to both parties involved as they give their side of the story.
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.
The losing party can decide to appeal, if they want.