What To Expect When Your Personal Injury Case Begins

What To Expect When Your Personal Injury Case BeginsOnce you’ve hired your attorney, and you’re ready to take your personal injury case to court, you may be wondering just what the following steps may be. A personal injury case can be easy to understand with the right research, and we at GetMeJustice.com want to teach you just what your personal injury case may entail in its first stages.

Filing The Paperwork

The first steps in pursuing a personal injury case are a lot of filing paperwork, and there are several things that will be filed in the courts before the case begins. Together, this selection of paperwork is deemed the “pleadings” and they must be filed at the beginning of your personal injury lawsuit. In the state of Florida, personal injury cases must be brought to court within 4 years of the accident occurring, which means that these pleadings need to be filed within this time frame if you wish to make a case.

In some rare instances of traumatic brain injuries and other types of injuries, where symptoms can take years to manifest themselves, this statute of limitations may be extended, but this will typically work on a case by case basis backed by plenty of evidence.

The first of these many documents is the petition or complaint. The petition is a document that outlines all of the details of the case at hand, as well as how the accident was the result of negligence by the defending party. The parties involved in the case will be outlined in the petition, the legal basis for the case, the plaintiff’s claims, and any facts that may provide evidence for the claims being made. The petition is filed to notify the defendant of the case and all that it entails.

The next documents to be filed are the summons and service of process, and these notify the defendant that he or she is being brought to court on the basis of a lawsuit stemming from an accident with personal injury. These come from the court in which the case will be heard, and the defendant then has the option of filing an answer or seeking to have the case dismissed within a certain time frame. If the defendant does not reply within the time frame stated, they will then be considered “in default”, and the plaintiff will be awarded what they requested in the settlement due to the defendant’s failure to reply.

If the defendant has an answer to the plaintiff’s claims, they will then file and answer addressing each portion of the complaint. The answers that the defendant provides will either consist of admitted, denied, or insufficient knowledge, and it is at this point that the defendant may decide to file a counterclaim against the plaintiff if they, too, wish to request damages stemming from the same incident.

At GetMeJustice.com, we want to make the legal process of filing a personal injury lawsuit clear for those who have faced an injury due to another party’s negligence. Many become intimidated by the court process, but we feel that a little knowledge can go a long way in clearing things up and creating a more comfortable situation.

If you’ve been in an accident which resulted in an injury, and you’ve been debating filing a lawsuit due to any reason, we want you to know that it’s important to get the compensation you deserve. At GetMeJustice.com, we can assist you in all you need to know regarding your potential personal injury lawsuit, and all you need to do is contact us today!


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