Personal injury lawsuits may arise out of a wide variety of circumstances, such as motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, injuries caused by defective products, or any other accident or injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Even if you believe you have a clear cut case, proving fault in a personal injury case may be complicated and must be done in a certain way. Each jurisdiction has its own court procedures and rules that must be followed, or else you risk having your case dismissed. For these reasons, it is always imperative to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Coweta County if you have been injured in any type of accident. A PI attorney will know how to follow the court rules in order to protect your rights and get you the settlement you deserve.
When people think about a lawsuit, they most often think of trial. Trial is the stage of a lawsuit most often portrayed on television and in movies, as well as in the news. However, the majority of personal injury cases never make it to trial and instead focus on the other stages of the lawsuit, each of which has its own procedural rules. These stages include:
- Pleadings: In order to incite a lawsuit, you must file documents stating your claims against another party and why you believe you should recover in court. The other party has the ability to respond to your pleading and will generally try to get your claim dismissed.
- Discovery: In this stage, both parties request information from one another in order to build their cases. The other party will likely try to avoid providing some types of information and your attorney will have to argue why you deserve to have the information.
- Pre-trial: The pretrial stage includes investigation and makes use of depositions, interviews, etc. with the parties and potential witnesses from both sides. There are also several pretrial documents that need to be filed.
- Settlement: As the parties build their cases, settlement negotiations will likely take place to try to settle out of court and avoid trial. An experienced PI lawyer will know how to negotiate with the other party to get you the best result.
- Trial: If a case does not settle, your attorney will represent you at trial in front of a judge or jury.
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.