Court trials can be frightening, especially for victims of accidents who aren’t familiar with the process and may have never had to appear in court until now. The good news is, an experienced personal injury attorney can make sure you are compensated and receive a settlement, without having to go to trial. There is no guarantee but with the proper guidance and an attorney at your side, the possibility of attending court may not be as terrifying.
Phases of a Personal Injury Case
Depending on your situation, there can be various phases of a personal injury case. What happens in many of these phases can mean the difference between a going to court and not. After consulting with your attorney, he or she will usually begin your case by filing initial court papers and start the fact-finding, research, and discovery process to gather evidence. Often, once your case reaches the resolution or settlement phase, your case can be completed, without the need for court or a trial.
Personal Injury Process
The overwhelming majority of cases settle before trial, meaning there’s a good chance you won’t have to go to court. However, if you aren’t able to reach a fair settlement, you will need to go to court. While dealing with court can be stressful and not ideal, you can rest assured that Attorney Boris Lavent will be there to help you with any questions or concerns every step of the way.
The court process is just one of the many phases that can be involved in a personal injury case. Unfortunately, trials are not nearly as fun, exciting, or interesting as they appear to be on our favorite law television shows. A personal injury case that goes to court generally occurs when there is no settlement, and requires a judge and jury to examine the evidence to determine whether or not the defendant is responsible for the accident and your injuries.
What Happens in Court?
If your case goes to court, the process may include choosing a jury in which jurors are selected, opening statements from attorneys, where your attorney can present the facts of your accident and explain why the defendant is responsible, and witness testimony and cross-examination. There can be more complicated steps in between, but a personal injury trial usually ends with closing statements, jury deliberation, and a verdict. And although trials can be complex events, most of the responsibilities are handled and managed by your attorney. This is one example of the importance of an experienced personal injury lawyer – you do not want to attempt to navigate a trial alone or without legal counsel.
The First Step in Getting Started
The very first step you should take after an accident, and most important, is consulting a well-qualified and experienced attorney. Even if the majority of cases do not go to trial, it’s important you have an attorney at your side who can negotiate and work with defendants in order to get you the settlement you deserve. At Lavent Law, we are not just experienced in personal injury, we will be at your side through the entire process, whether your case has to go to court or not. Call our office today to set up a consultation at 305-440-0450.