The Law Offices of Flint & Crawford
Personal Injury Case Timeline Part II
Last week we began to look at the timeline of a personal injury case. We covered whom to call first, the investigation process and defined the maximum medical improvement point. This week we’ll go over what happens between filing the lawsuit and the actual trial.
Filing the Lawsuit
Once your attorney has determined you have a valid case and you have hopefully reached the maximum medical improvement point, the formal paperwork will be filed for the lawsuit. Each state will have different wait times for when a case can go to trial, so this part of the timeline will vary depending on where you live. It’s important to keep in mind that each state also has a statute of limitation regarding when a lawsuit must be filed.
The discovery process is when the case will really go into full swing. Each side will begin looking at each other’s arguments and claims. Most likely the plaintiff and the defendant will be interviewed, along with any pertinent witnesses. These depositions will then be thoroughly reviewed by each side’s attorneys.
Once everyone has been interviewed and all depositions have been reviewed the lawyers will typically try to reach a settlement. First they will try to work out a settlement by themselves and if this is unsuccessful they might take the case to a mediator. A mediator is an unbiased third party trained to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom.
If the parties are unable to reach a settlement using the mediator the suit will go to court. Once the case is in court it will be up to the judge and jury. Each state has different rules for how the case will play out in the courtroom.
If you have further questions about what will happen in your personal injury case call The Law Offices of Flint & Crawford for a free case evaluation.