Typical Stages of a Personal Injury Case
When you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you are entitled to seek legal action against that person for your pain and suffering. To make a successful case, you need the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer. Knowing a little about the process of filing a personal injury suit will help you prepare and build your case.
The first step to a personal injury suit is to meet with your lawyer. You and your lawyer will discuss the details of your case, and your lawyer will give you some advice and give you some forms to fill out. The forms are just a way of legally allowing the lawyer to work your case. Your lawyer will advise you to avoid talking to any insurance adjusters or the people you are suing.
Assembling a Personal Injury Case
The next step is the fact finding and discovery stage, where you assemble as much information as possible to build your case. This may include medical information about your injury or information about the circumstances. Your lawyer may ask questions of you, to be documented by a court reporter. The other side will be allowed to see this information, so it is very important to be truthful and to watch your words.
Some cases resolve before going to trial. The court may move to dismiss the case, or the parties may choose to settle out of court. In injury cases, this ordinarily means they are agreeing to negotiate payment for your medical bills and suffering before the trial goes to court. If they do not settle, the case will go to court. If the court does not rule in your favor, you can appeal your case to a higher judge.
If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence or recklessness, the experienced Champaign personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. can help you seek resolution for your pain and suffering. To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact us today at (217) 328-2828.