The First 4 Steps Of A Personal Injury Case
When bringing about a personal injury case after an accident, there are steps that need to be taken in a certain order to ensure the entire court process will go smoothly.
At Goldman Babboni & Walsh, we want to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible, and we want you to know what these initial steps to pursuing a personal injury lawsuit are.
The first 4 steps of a personal injury case are:
- • Hiring a Florida personal injury lawyer – In the state of Florida, hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle a personal injury case is of the utmost importance. Personal injury cases within the state are often complex and difficult, so the assistance of a professional in law is something that will become an invaluable asset. During your first meeting with your lawyer, you may be asked to sign a document authorizing the release of your medical records having to do with the accident, you may be interviewed about your insurance coverage, and you may be asked questions about just whom you've spoken to regarding your injury and what you had to say.
- • Filing your court papers – Once you've spoken at length to your lawyer about the case, and released your medical documents, you'll then begin filing the initial papers that go along with the case with the help of your lawyer. These documents are the first papers filed as part of your court case, and these are called the “pleadings.” The first of these papers is called the petition, which is the explanation of your accident as a result of another party's negligence, and the petition will not only lay out the case for the court, but for the defendant as well.
- • Discovery Process – The discovery process is a process of collecting evidence, and this is one of the most important processes during the early stages of the case. During this process, both parties will be able to present one another with written questions to answer as they pertain to the case. With the help of your personal injury lawyer, you can determine if the questions being presented are appropriate as they relate to the case, and during this time all documents being used as evidence will be collected and presented to the opposite party. It's incredibly important that all facts come out during the discovery process, and that all answers to questions are kep honest.
- • Court motions – Motions are requests made by your personal injury lawyer made to the court for a ruling on a specific matter. There are two types of motions, with dispositive motions and nondispositive motions, and these can actually end your case before ever going before a judge or jury for trial.
The very first stages of the personal injury claim process can be a bit difficult, and a little confusing, so the assistance of a personal injury lawyer is paramount in these situations. With a personal injury lawyer, you'll know just what court papers to file and how, what to ask or what to answer during the discovery process, and what court motions should be filed before the case ever goes to trial; your lawyer is the most valuable tool in your toolbox when pursuing a personal injury settlement.
At GetMeJustice.com, our personal injury lawyers are here to work for you through all of the steps of the court process as they relate to your personal injury case, and you can rest assured that you're receiving your best chance at a fair trial followed by fair compensation. If you've been injured due to an accident, simply contact us at Goldman Babboni & Walsh today to see what we can do for you.