Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when an individual suffers from an accident and somebody else might be legally responsible for their injury. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you with your case is crucial since the attorney will be there to protect your rights and help you understand what you should expect. Although it’s difficult to determine the amount of time your case will take from the start to completion, you can expect your case to go through the following steps.
An individual sustains bodily injuries as a result of an accident that he/she believes could be prevented if certain measures were taken. For instance, if you get hit by a car because someone was texting, then you can file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver.
Consent to Medical Attention
It is important after an accident occurs to obtain medical treatment. Make sure you seek medical attention even if you don’t feel like you are hurt since some injuries may not present themselves right away. Seeing a doctor serves two key purposes in a personal injury case; first it’s good for your own health, and secondly, your insurance provider and the judge in your case may assume that you weren’t hurt at all if you fail to produce medical treatment records. Seek medical attention even before you start thinking about hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Hire a California Personal Injury Lawyer
The next thing you should do after seeking medical attention is hire a California personal injury lawyer at Johnson Attorneys Group to take over your case. Keep in mind that it might not just be your bodily injury since you might have suffered other losses as well. For instance, the injury may keep you out of work for an extended period resulting in loss of income. A personal injury lawyer knows the tactics insurance companies use to deny or lower the amount you are entitled. Plus, injury attorneys only get paid if there is a successful resolve to your case.
Investigation of Injury
Once you hire a qualified injury lawyer, the first thing that he/she will do is ask you about your injury to establish what happened. This is part of the process of gathering relevant information and facts that will make your case strong. It’s critical to establish when the accident occurred, how it happened, and exactly how another person or entity was liable.
Service of Lawsuit
Your personal injury lawyer will file a document with the court and serve it to the defendant. The documents will contain a complaint petition describing the basis of your case, the defendant’s’ negligent actions, and identify you as the plaintiff. Your complaint will also describe facts of your case and include the compensation you are requesting. Once a defendant is served, they will have 30 days to file a formal response with the court.
The discovery process is a critical stage in your case which involves investigating and examining the legal claim. Your attorney will exchange questions and other document requests with the defense attorney and evaluate the critical elements of the case. The insurance company may also request to conduct its own medical examination which should only happen in the presence of your attorney. The injured party generally will only be providing answers and gathering documentation for your injury lawyer.
The lawyers will start talking about settlements when the discovery process ends. The attorneys may just settle the case by negotiating among themselves, but sometimes, the case may go to mediation. Mediation is a legal process in which both lawyers and their clients involve a mediator to try and settle the matter outside of a trial. 80% of injury cases settle in mediation.
If negotiation fails, then the court will call for a settlement conference which will be conducted by a judge. The work of the mediator will review the case independently and make a sound suggestion based on the evidence presented to him/her. Mediation will last for a single day but can sometimes take two days depending on the complexity of the case.
If an agreement cannot be reached during mediation, then the case will enter the trial stage. A personal injury trial may last a few hours or a week depending on the complexity of the case. During a trial, all of the evidence will be presented and evaluated. Your injury attorney may call medical witnesses to testify. Your attorney should sit down with you prior to trial and thoroughly explain to you the process, risks and benefits of trying your personal injury case.
After the litigation process, the verdict of the case now rests with the judge. He/she will study the evidence provided and make a fair judgment. He/she will establish whether your case was valid or not. If your case was valid and your lawyer managed to convince the judge that the other party was at fault, the judge will order the insurance company to pay you a specified amount of money as compensation.
Get Professional Advice from the California Personal Injury Lawyers at Johnson Attorneys Group
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