If you have been injured due to someone's negligence, you very well may be entitled to damages by taking the offending party to court under the rubric of a personal injury case. If this is the case, there's no doubt that you have a few questions about the process. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will have a few commonly asked questions about personal injury cases answered.
What Happens During The Initial Attorney Meeting?
Your first meeting with a personal injury will mainly consist of seeing if you can develop a rapport with him or her. Your potential attorney will begin the meeting by asking a few questions about what occurred during the accident, including what physical conditions you have suffered from due to it. He or she will also want to know if you have already seen a physician about any potential physical ailments you incurred due to the case.
How Should You File Court Papers?
Your attorney should help you file the pertinent papers – or "pleadings" – for the case. During the pleadings process, you will file a complaint in which you take the defendant to task for wrongdoing. He or she must respond as a "claimant," in a preordained amount of time, in which he or she either admits or denies the charges. As the defendant, you must now prepare and file a counterclaim.
What Is The Discovery Process?
This process simply refers to the methods and manners by which both sides of the case discover facts about the case and share them with one another. Any relevant claims, information, or the use of testimonies by witnesses must be shared with the other party. For example, if the case revolves around a car accident, and your lawyer, as the plaintiff, is going to call to the witness stand someone who directly saw the events of the case, then they must share this information with the defense team.
What Are Pre-Trial Motions?
This refers to the process that occurs prior to the trial in which either the defense or prosecution can lobby for changes, or motions, in front of the judge that can change the course of the trial. One of the most common motions for which is lobbied is on behalf of the defense. If the prosecution lacks substantive evidence, then they can lobby to have the case dismissed due to this fact.
Hopefully, you have learned a bit about what to expect from filing for a personal injury case and had a few questions regarding the process answered. For more information, it is recommended that you consult with a personal injury attorney like Attorney Gary G. Norris.Share