Stages in a San Francisco Personal Injury Case
For many years, personal injury cases have remained relatively the same when it comes to the stages in which the case plays out. Understanding how each stage of a San Francisco personal injury case plays out will help you in making the best informed decision about what course of action to take next. In addition, having the services of a skilled personal injury attorney by your side will also assist in providing more information and defending your rights.
For those who are starting the process of a personal injury case, you can expect the events to occur in the following manner.
Initial Meeting with Your Attorney
The first step should be finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you during this time. It will all begin with an initial free consultation where the attorney will listen to your case and tell you how they can help. If you accept their services, they will start to take the initial action necessary to file your lawsuit.
Filing Court Papers
Here, your attorney will file the appropriate papers with the court that will initiate the process. The attorney will explain each step of the process, but it usually includes the addressing the complaints, providing answers, and filing other appropriate motions that start up the lawsuit.
Finding the Facts
This is called the Discovery process in which the attorneys on both sides provide information to each other as required by law. This means that all evidence that will be presented in the case must be shared with both sides. In this manner, the facts of the case can be presented with the knowledge of both sides for fairness.
Motions to Dismiss
Usually in the beginning stages of the trial there are motions to dismiss which means that one side is asking the court to stop the case before the actual trial begins. There are other motions as well that will pertain to the trial which the court may accept or reject. However, the motion to dismiss is a fairly common one that the court will need to reject in order for the case to continue.
According to statistics, about 94% of all lawsuits are settled before a decision is made in the trial. A settlement can be agreed to at any time which will end the trial. Of course, the conditions of the settlement will have to be agreed to by both sides first, but you can expect in your case that a settlement is a very likely outcome.
If the trial should continue, there will be a number of steps taken that includes, but is not limited to the following;
If the verdict is in your favor, that is not the end of the process. You will still need to collect the judgment. This will require a considerable amount of work by you and your attorney. However, if the judgment is not in your favor, you may want to file an appeal. Appeals are difficult to win, so your San Francisco Personal Injury attorney will have to explain your chances if it reaches that point.