Stages of a Personal Injury Case
Stage 1: Schedule a consultation with an attorney
It is best to schedule a consultation with an attorney sooner rather than later. During this free consultation, an attorney will evaluate the information in your case and inform you of the best way to proceed. Bring any and all documentation you have, including any communication you have had with the insurance company, with you to the appointment. This will help your attorney determine what the next steps will be.
Stage 2: Investigation
We will begin investigating and acquiring additional information relating to your claim. This can include obtaining information on property damages, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining medical records. It is important that we acquire all the information necessary to move forward with your case.
Stage 3: Paperwork and initial documents
Once your attorney is ready to proceed after conducting a thorough investigation, we may file paperwork to begin your lawsuit or settlement process. By filing this paperwork, we are giving official notification to the other party that they may be sued.
Stage 4: Discovery
The discovery stage is the exchange and review of all facts in your case between your attorney and the other party’s attorney. Your attorney may need to produce your medical or personal documentation and written statements from any witnesses to the other party’s attorney. This stage may also include depositions, wherein questions are asked to persons while under oath.
Stage 5: Settling your case vs. going to trial
The most common way of ending a personal injury case is through a settlement. Your attorney will do a thorough assessment of your case to determine if an offered settlement is in your best interest. If the defendant is not willing to negotiate an acceptable settlement, then your case may go to trial. This usually happens when a case is not clear cut and there are disagreements of who is at fault. In a trial, a judge or jury will make the final decision of who is at fault and how much money, if any, you will be awarded.