Personal injury is a broad term that includes different kinds of injuries and claims. If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation under the laws of your state. But this will depend on the circumstances of your case. If you choose to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may wonder what goes into a personal injury case and what to expect. Let’s go over the steps involved in filing a personal injury case.
Meeting with Your Attorney
After receiving treatment for your injuries, you should reach out to a trusted and experienced attorney to handle your case. This is the first step in any personal injury case, as meeting with a lawyer will help determine if your case is strong enough to file a personal injury lawsuit. Usually, your attorney will review the facts of the case, the cause of the accident, and any police reports and medical records. Many firms take on cases under a contingency basis, meaning that you will not have to pay unless you win your case.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Once you and your attorney have determined your case is strong enough, the next step is to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Documents such as complaints, answers, and motions will be involved in the case. Once filed at the appropriate court, the negligent party will be notified of the lawsuit against them. After the party is notified, a settlement offer may be made.
During discovery, each party gathers additional evidence and information to use at trial. Parties might also submit questions to each other that must be answered under oath. Requests to produce documents and requests for admissions are also used during the discovery phase.
Both parties present their evidence to the court during the trial, and their attornies make opening and closing statements. The jurors use the arguments and evidence presented to decide the case. Jurors use their judgment to either discount or agree with the evidence presented. The jury will also award you compensation if your case is proven.
Post-Trial and Appeals
If either party is not satisfied with the jury’s verdict, they can file post-trial motions to overturn the ruling or file an appeal. However, an appeal could take years to work through the courts. Every case is different, so it is recommended that you consult with an experienced attorney to ensure you get the best representation.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, or call us at 410-843-3476, for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.