Unless you’re someone who already works or has an academic background in the field of Law and Justice, the term “personal injury case” might very well be completely strange and unknown to you. If this is the case, then congratulations, you’ve landed on the right page. In the following paragraphs, we will be presenting you a step by step guide of the stages of a personal injury case.
First Step: Seek professional advice and get in touch with an attorney
It is important to consult an accident injury lawyer and discuss the circumstances under which your accident took place. Was there another party involved? Due to whose negligence did the accident take place? Were there any witnesses at the place of the accident? What is the severity of the injuries? What are the medical costs involved and what are your legal options?
Pro tip: a lot of attorneys offer free of charge consultations, so keep in mind to ask for these details when looking for one.
Second Step: Investigation of the case
By now, you’ve already hired a lawyer who will take care of your case. His first tasks will be to investigate the case, your accident, and your claim. He will also go through all existing pieces of evidence that could potentially help or damage your trustworthiness. He would then have to closely collaborate with experts that can verify the authenticity of the evidence as well as prepare for the possible defense strategy of the other party involved.
Third Step: Demand settlement
Perhaps the most important step is the one that can change the direction in which this case would continue – you can either reach a settlement between the two parties or continue the trial in court. You’ll be putting together a letter of statement in which you will outline your case, with all the information gathered as well as the state of your injury, the damages you’ve suffered, both mentally and physically and short or long term ones. The demands can be rejected, reformulated or accepted – so, the stronger the letter the bigger the impact on your opponent.
Fourth Step: File for trial
If the settlement is denied then, the next step is to go to trial.
Fifth Step: The Trial
This is the place where the battles will be held. Both parties will try their best to prove their claims, as well as their innocence and trustworthiness. A judge will be responsible to make a final decision, after evaluating all facts and pieces of evidence, in regards to determining which party will be declared at fault and which one not. He can also award compensation when possible.
Sixth Step: The Appeal
Under certain circumstances, the losing party might be entitled to making an appeal to the case. This can be different compared to the trial, so make sure to discuss all possible situations with your lawyer.