You may have heard personal injury cases almost always settle prior to going to court, which may inspire a sense of relief for you. However, this isn’t always the case. The truth of the matter is, any legal issue can easily transform into a complicated, drawn-out process. Every set of circumstances that results in accident or injury is different, which is why it is no surprise every case will be different as well. Despite hoping your case will settle out of court, you need to ensure you are prepared for the possibility of a trial taking place.
Here are the steps of a personal injury case:
- Meet with a New Orleans personal injury attorney, such as ours at Cossé Law Firm.
- Consider the statute of limitations, so you can file a lawsuit within the allotted time frame.
- File your complaint, which includes information about all parties involved, legal claims, demand for judgment, facts, basis for the court’s jurisdiction over the case, etc.
- Produce evidence and witness information during the discovery process, which is a vital stage of the entire legal process which includes depositions of both sides. Your attorney may file a motion to dismiss, a motion for summary judgment, or a motion for default judgment.
- If your case isn’t going to make it to trial, this is the step where your case will settle.
- If your case makes it to trial, a judge or jury will decide whether or not the defendant is liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. Once the decision is made, either side may appeal if unhappy with the final decision.
Contact Our New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Our firm, Cossé Law Firm, prioritizes our clients’ best interests above all else. No matter the complexities or challenges of your case, we want to do our part to protect you during what is an undoubtedly difficult time. We understand the legal realm can be a difficult one to understand or handle, which is why we want to take the stress out of the situation for you. Allow us to do everything we can to deliver you the compensation you deserve.
To speak to a member of our firm, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (504) 265-1600.