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What Steps Are Involved in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

What steps are involved in a personal injury lawsuit? If this is something you want to know, it is probably because you believe you have been injured and/or suffered damages as the innocent victim of an accident resulting from the negligence of another party.

Most people do not like the idea of having to go to court. In addition, most people have never been a part of a personal injury lawsuit as either the plaintiff or the defendant.
However, you want to be fairly compensated for your injury.

If you do decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you want to know what is involved. You want to know what steps are taken.

Most important


The first and probably the most important of all the steps in a personal injury lawsuit is talking to a personal injury attorney and having your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. You can file a personal injury lawsuit, yourself. However, in almost all instances, this is not a wise thing to do.

There are several reasons why this is extremely unwise, but the most important reason is that the party you are bringing the lawsuit against will definitely have an attorney representing them. Do you want to face an experienced personal injury attorney without having one on your side?

Complaint


After you hire a personal injury attorney to represent you as the plaintiff, the next step is your attorney will file a personal injury complaint against the party you believe was responsible for the accident in which you were injured. This is the first official document in a personal injury lawsuit. It states in broad detail what you believe that party (the defendant) did to cause the accident.

The next one of the steps that will probably take place is that the defendant will most likely hire an attorney to represent them. The defendant will usually be allowed to take a month or longer before the first court date to hire an attorney to represent them.

Litigation


The next step in a personal injury lawsuit is pre-trial litigation. This is one of the most important steps in the lawsuit. This is when what is referred to as the process of discovery takes place. This involves both sides asking each other for evidence and information concerning any witnesses to the accident.

The reason why this is one of the most important steps in a personal injury lawsuit is that this step may last for months and even years. Another reason why this is usually one of the most critical steps in the lawsuit is that at any time during this step, a settlement may be reached and agreed upon.

Compensation


If this takes place, you will not have to go through a trial in order to be compensated for your injury. This is how most lawsuits are settled. The good thing about this is no matter how strong you believe your case is, when you go to court there is no guarantee you are going to win.

Again, one of the main steps in a personal injury lawsuit is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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