What Happens During a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
One of the things that prevents thousands of people in the United States from taking action when they have been injured due to the actions of another person is the process of filing a lawsuit and seeing the case to resolution. Lawsuits can be time consuming and expensive, preventing those that need serious legal help from recovering compensation from a responsible party. Many personal injury attorneys, including those at DiPasquale Moore, work on a contingency basis, meaning that they do not take money for their work unless their actions have resulted in you winning your case. Even without having to worry about paying for legal services, the thought of spending time in litigation may be enough to pause before taking action.
Know What to Expect From Your Case
Knowing what to expect from a personal injury case can prevent some of the intimidation that goes along with taking action. While the details of every personal injury case are different and there is no exact timeline that defines every case that is brought before a court, having a general timeline of events and the steps that are taken when seeing a trial through to the end can make the process less intimidating.
When involved in a personal injury claim:
- Seek the medical treatment you need as soon as possible, not only for your own safety, but to prove that you were, in fact, injured.
- Retain an attorney that understands your case and why recovering the maximum possible compensation is important for your recovery.
- The attorney will look into the details of the case and your medical records to determine if you have the legal grounds to take the case to court.
- Attorney will determine whether going to court or settling the case out of court will recover the best outcome for your personal needs.
- The lawsuit on your behalf will be filed, but generally a year will pass before it goes to trial.
- Your attorney and the defense attorney will examine the claims made against each other and develop the appropriate defenses to this evidence.
- Attorneys will attempt to negotiate a settlement with one another that gets you the financial recovery you deserve without the expenses of taking the case to court.
- The case is scheduled for trial, the length of which can change depending on the complexity of the case and the schedule of the court.
It is important to remember that just because an attorney has chosen to file a lawsuit on your behalf, it does not mean that you case will immediately go to trial. In fact, there will likely be a significant amount of waiting before you seen any action taken on your account. However, when an attorney is able to receive damages for your claim, you will likely see a significant amount that will benefit your medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one are wondering if you should go forward with pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you should make sure you have a case and are prepared to move forward with taking action. Schedule a free consultation with the Kansas City lawyers at DiPasquale Moore to get started today!