Suffering from personal injury as a result of a car accident, slip, negligence, or other unfortunate scenario can not only be physically damaging, but emotionally stressful as well.
Personal injury can take many forms, and even in some catastrophic instances lead to a wrongful death.
In addition to the costs associated with medical care and rehabilitative services after an injury, many may also suffer from mental suffering, anxiety, stress, permanent impairment and disability, or even the loss of the enjoyment of life.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury as the result of negligence, an unsafe premises, or an accident, don’t be taken advantage of. The defense attorneys at Julia G. Baginski will fight for your rights zealously and competently through every step of your personal injury case, from inception to conclusion.
Keep reading to learn how a typical personal injury case might work, and contact Julia Baginski today to see if our criminal attorney in St. Lucie can help you.
Step One: Meet With an Attorney
After an accident or personal injury, the first thing you need to do is contact a personal injury lawyer.
It’s crucial to do this first, prior to speaking to any insurance companies or agents. This is because those insurance companies are always represented by their own lawyers and are likely receiving advice from that counsel.
Getting your own defense attorney levels the playing field.
Hiring a defense attorney also allows you to gain valuable information and details as to how your case should proceed, what you should be looking for, and how to file the initial court papers.
Step Two: Fact Finding
After gathering all relevant information from you and helping with your initial court papers, your defense attorney will then begin on the discovery process.
That process includes interrogatories, requests for admission, document production, and depositions (otherwise known as sworn statements) from the other side and any potential witnesses or involved parties.
The other side will be doing the same thing, attempting to poke holes into your narrative or story. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced defense attorney who will do the same. Be sure to be completely honest with your attorney about the facts in the case.
Step Three: Resolution or Trial
According to The Law Dictionary, merely between four and five percent of personal injury cases in the United States make it to trial.
That means the vast majority of personal injury cases, nearly 95 percent, are settled pretrial.
There are certainly many different reasons to settle or dismiss a case, and your attorney can help you choose the best path for all involved parties.
Reasons may include:
The strength of the case: This factors in your chances of winning a trial based on jury verdicts and settlement outcomes in similar cases.
Monetary damages: What your defense attorney thinks the dollar amount behind your case may be.
Length of the case: Keep in mind that the discovery process is long and arduous, often taking several months. This can take time and resources that the other side may not be willing to concede.
Unfavorable publicity: Personal injury cases can reveal sensitive information and lead to scrutiny.
If your personal injury case ultimately does go to trial, it will follow all of the typical court proceedings, including:
- Jury selection
- Opening statements
- Witness testimony and cross-examination
- Closing arguments
- Jury deliberation