Posted: October 7, 2013
As a continuation of The Personal Injury Lawsuit Process: What to Expect (Part 1), the following provides some further information regarding what plaintiffs (i.e., victims of personal injuries) can expect to happen when they file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for their injuries. It’s important to note that, depending on the specific circumstances of the case, the process associated with these lawsuits can take weeks, months or even years to achieve a resolution, so litigants should be prepared to wait some time before their case is settled.
After the initial consult and the official filing of the complaint, the personal injury lawsuit will progress as follows:
- Both sides will go through the discovery process: This will generally involve your lawyers and the defendant’s lawyers investigating each other’s claims and gather all necessary evidence to support their arguments. During the discovery process, witnesses in the case will likely be deposed, an exchange of evidence between both sides may take place, etc. Additionally, during this process, the approximate value of the claim will be determined.
- Attempts to settle the case before trial will be made: Whether both parties in the dispute engage in mediation or arbitration, in most cases, there will be an attempt to settle the case before the trial (in fact, more than 90 percent of all personal injury lawsuits are settled before ever going to trial).
- The trial ensues, and a judgment is reached: If the case cannot be settled before trial, then the trial will proceed. During this process, both sides will thoroughly present their arguments and evidence, after which the judge and/or jury will deliberate to reach a verdict. With the verdict will generally come the judgment in terms of compensation that one side must pay to the other side.
St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have suffered any type of personal injury that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, contact the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. Additionally, one of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives. For a free initial consult, email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at 573-333-3333 for our Missouri office or at 618-888-8888 for our Illinois office.