When it is determined that you have a viable personal injury claim, your lawyer will provide you the framework involved in building your specific case. With over four decades practicing law as personal injury attorneys, the team at our law firm can give you an estimate as to the length of your case. Depending on any number of factors along the way, the timeline of your case may change in order to reach a satisfactory result.
Your lawyer will guide you through the process, but it is important to know the steps required to build a successful case in order to reach a beneficial settlement.
If you have been injured in an accident, you need to get medical treatment. When it comes to a personal injury case, going to the hospital or a doctor is about more than just your health. Your recovery is paramount, but so is documenting your injuries and all associated medical procedures performed. If you don't seek medical help, an insurance adjuster and a jury will presume that your injury is not genuine.
Your attorney will interview you about the accident, your background, the condition of your injury, and the medical treatment you are receiving. Leave nothing out, as it is important that your personal injury lawyer knows everything that you know about the accident, your injury, and your medical treatment. After the interview, your lawyer will review all of your medical records and bills related to your injury. At this point, your personal injury lawyer will have a good idea as to the strength of your case.
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the treatment needed, we may attempt to settle your case outside of court. To do so, we will reach out to the attorney of the defendant or defendant's insurance company. Regardless of whether your claim is related to a minor injury or a permanent injury or impairment, we will fight for you throughout the process to get you the most beneficial outcome available.
The process where each party investigates their adversary's legal claims and defenses is called the discovery process. This can take anywhere from several months to a year to complete, and the duration depends on court deadlines and case complexity.
Mediation and Negotiation
At the end of the discovery period, the lawyers from each side may begin talking about reaching a settlement. Sometimes your attorney can reach an agreement via discussions, but oftentimes, a case is settled in mediation. In mediation, both clients and both lawyers join a mediator in an attempt to settle the case without a trial. If unsuccessful, the case will proceed to trial.
In the case of an unsuccessful mediation, we will vigorously fight for you in court. The timetable for a personal injury trial relies on a number of factors, and can last as little as a day or extend longer than a week. Delays such as rescheduled dates can extend the period of a trial significantly, but we will be here to support you at every step of the process through to the final judgment.