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What Happens if I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

What happens if I file a personal injury lawsuit? That is a question you may have if you are the innocent victim of an accident.

Thankfully, the great majority of people have never been involved in a personal injury lawsuit. So, if you are the innocent victim of an accident due to some other party’s negligence, you may be reluctant and anxious about filing a personal injury lawsuit.

What happens


If you are thinking about or considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may wonder what happens when a personal injury lawsuit is filed. You may wonder what the process is like, what is involved.

The purpose of this article is to let you know what happens when you file a personal injury lawsuit. It is to let you know what the process usually involves.

If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, the first thing that you need to do is to sit down and talk with a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. While you can file a personal injury lawsuit without the aid of a personal injury attorney, it is nearly always unadvisable to do so.

Other party will have attorney


The main reason being that the party you are bringing the personal injury lawsuit against is going to have an attorney representing them. You do not want to go up against an attorney without having an experienced personal injury attorney representing you and your interests.

Finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit is extremely important to your case. You need a personal injury attorney who is experienced and has a proven track record. You may know someone who has been represented by a personal injury attorney who won their case. If so, that is the place to start.

It is also important that you understand how most personal injury attorneys are paid. They work on a contingency basis. This means that they do not charge you a fee unless they win your case. If they win your case, they get a percentage of what you are awarded. This usually amounts to anywhere from 25% to 40% of what you are awarded. Also, make sure to ask the attorney if there are any court costs or other charges you will have to pay if you lose your case.

Out of court


In many instances, a personal injury attorney will be able to settle your case without a personal injury lawsuit ever being filed. Even if a lawsuit is filed, it may still be settled out of court.

If your personal injury attorney cannot reach a settlement, a personal injury lawsuit will be filed in court. A judge then sets a date for each phase of the personal injury lawsuit process. It is important for you to know that there are several phases of a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on how complicated and complex your case is, the complete process could last anywhere from several months to several years.

Once again, if you are thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit, the best thing to do is to sit down with a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case.

article written by James Shugart

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