Every single personal injury case is different. Some cases that appear complex could be settled in a matter of a few months or even weeks, while on the other hand a case that appears to be straightforward can linger on for years. In general, though, there are some common steps for most personal injury cases.
First, after the accident, the injured party will choose an attorney and hire him or her to handle the case. If the victim chooses to pursue the case on his or her own, the steps are still the same, but the victim will be handling them, not an attorney. Once an attorney is selected, the attorney will begin to gather documentation related to the accident, such as medical bills, police reports, and other related bills.
Once the attorney has had a chance to review the documentation, if he or she believes there is a strong case, the attorney will file a lawsuit. The lawsuit is often filed after the victim has had a chance to recover as much as possible from the injuries so that the full extent of damages is known.
After the lawsuit has been filed, there is a discovery period in which both sides have a chance to investigate the other side’s case. This involves gathering evidence, such as documentation, as well as taking depositions of each side under oath. In most cases, either during or after the discovery period the parties will settle the case without going to court.
If the case does not settle, a trial date will be set. The trial could last for a day or could drag on for weeks, depending on the complexity of the case. At the end of the trial the jury or judge will render a verdict. After the verdict, one or both sides could choose to appeal.
If you have any questions about your injury case in the Houston area, call Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Our firm can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.