Civil lawsuits are filed to help accident victims recover damages after being injured by another person’s negligence. There are many steps involved in these lawsuits, and it’s important to understand each step to navigate them successfully. While your attorney will assist you throughout the process, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Conferring with an attorney ensures your case has merit. An attorney consultation can also help you determine the proper settlement amount for what occurred, which is crucial for serious injuries or long-term disability. During the consultation, your legal team will develop a litigation strategy for the best chance of success. They will also determine whether your case is likely to go to court, or if you’re more likely to settle in the early stages.
Filing the Complaint
The complaint describes the injuries incurred and why the victim believes the other party is responsible for those injuries. It also establishes which court has jurisdiction and requests that the court provide relief to the accident victim. From that point, the other party can counter the claim filed against them or answer the original complaint.
The Discovery Process
Discovery is when either attorney complies information to be used during the case. This process can take a long time, especially when cases are complex and involve many different factors. The goal is to find information that creates a strong and compelling case, which can require photographic evidence, medical reports, and other forms of information.
Going to Trial
Most civil cases are resolved via settlement before going to trial. In the event you’re not satisfied with the settlement offer, your attorney will present your case during the trial to show that the other party was negligent in their actions. Your attorney can also present evidence on your behalf detailing your claim. The judge or very will then deliberate and offer a verdict. If your claim is not successful, you have the right to appeal the decision.
In Albuquerque, our attorneys at Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. approach every client backed by more than three decades of experience. We have experience with all the phases of civil lawsuits, and we strive to navigate the process as quickly and efficiently as possible. Feel free to schedule a consultation today by calling 505-343-1776. You can also contact us for more information before getting started.