Not every personal injury case involves trial. In fact, the majority of cases are able to come to an agreeable settlement outside of the courtroom and avoid the stress and cost of trial. Many injury victims are not familiar with the stages of a personal injury case, and therefore are intimidated by the process. An experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process. Some stages of a lawsuit include the following:
- Filing the pleadings: To begin a lawsuit, your PI lawyer will prepare and file documents that set out your claims against the other party and state the amount you believe you should recover. The other party has the opportunity to respond to your claims.
- Discovery: Both parties request certain information from the other to help build their cases. Much of this information may be helpful in developing arguments for settlement negotiations.
- Pre-trial: This stage involves investigation, depositions, interviews, and more. Your PI attorney will also likely prepare and file several pre-trial documents.
- Settlement: Your attorney will use the information gather in the pre-trial and discovery stages to negotiate with the other party to try to get the settlement you deserve outside of court.
- Trial: If the other party will not settle, you will likely have a trial in front of a judge or jury and your lawyer will present evidence to argue for your claims.
Contact a Coweta County personal injury lawyer for a free consultation
Injury victims may believe that pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is too daunting, stressful, or complicated to be worth it, especially if victims are focusing on physical recovery. The good news is that an experienced PI attorney can help you with every step of your case and will make the entire process as simple and painless as possible for you. If you have been injured, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith to start working on your case. Call us today at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation.