Steps and Tips for A Successful Lawsuit

After car accidents occur, police investigators, insurance companies, and attorneys all try to determine what happened and who is responsible.  If a lawsuit is filed, it means someone did not agree with who was at fault and has petitioned the court for a decision of fault instead.  Litigation is the process of carrying out a […]

After car accidents occur, police investigators, insurance companies, and attorneys all try to determine what happened and who is responsible.  If a lawsuit is filed, it means someone did not agree with who was at fault and has petitioned the court for a decision of fault instead.  Litigation is the process of carrying out a civil lawsuit against another party. Step one: hire a lawyer.

The steps in civil litigation are not complex and are as follows:

  • Negotiations begin toward a mutually agreeable settlement  (Negotiations may continue throughout the process.)
  • A plaintiff files a complaint with the court
  • The court sends a summons to the defendant(s) named in the complaint, who is given an opportunity to respond within a stated number of days
  • Attorneys from both sides share information—referred to as discovery
  • If the parties cannot reach a settlement, a trial is held and a judge or jury decides the verdict

The steps may appear simple, however, successful litigation can be very complex.  To achieve the outcome you want by filing a personal injury lawsuit, you need an automobile accident attorney who is experienced.

Understanding the complexities of negligence

An individual or company can only be held liable for costs resulting from accidents if they can be proven negligent.

Knowing how to negotiate

Negotiations occur throughout the litigation process.  Many times a personal injury settlement can be reached after filing the complaint, if the negligence is apparent.  However, if negligence is questioned at all, auto accident attorneys are skilled negotiators who are not intimidated by defense counsel tactics—and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.

Experienced attorneys connect liability

When accident injuries or property damages are catastrophic, our experienced attorneys connect liability to the parties with the deepest pockets.  Additional insurance policy limits can make a big difference in the final settlement or verdict.

 

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