Our personal injury team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is well aware of the many complexities involved in personal injury, civil rights, and insurance bad faith cases. While we do our best to find a resolution as soon as possible, we also recognize when a court case is your best interest. We also known the proper steps to take if your trial results in an unfavorable decision.
The first step in the appeals process is to determine whether there are grounds. Without grounds, you lack the right to file your appeal. However, when the following situations apply, you may be able to proceed:
Determining grounds on your own can be challenging when you lack a deep understanding of the law. We’ll start by reviewing your prior trial to determine whether there are valid grounds for filing an appeal.
Appealing a case is quite a bit different from the initial trial. With an appeal, the court is chiefly concerned with the previous trial and how it was conducted. Each legal team will file a brief, which explains their position. On your behalf, we’ll point to any wrongdoing or oversights that affected the outcome of your case. Instead of a jury, judges are present to review the case and render a decision on whether it was lawfully conducted.
If the judges dispute your claims, the original ruling will be upheld. If they agree that there were issues that impacted the outcome, a new trial may be ordered. If you dispute the amount of damages afforded during the case, the appeals court may also change the amount if it’s believed your claims have merit.
We’re proud to use our considerable legal acumen to help you navigate the complexities of the appeal process.