Personal injury claims go through several major steps during the lawsuit process. These may vary with each case, but most lawsuits involve steps such as:
Various other factors can change the course and direction of a personal injury lawsuit. An example of this is where one party decides to offer a settlement early on in trial. This can have the effect of shortening the overall process. In some cases, settlement can occur even before trial occurs, thus eliminating the need for the parties to undergo litigation.
On the other hand, other factors can extend the lawsuit process. For instance, if there is dispute over a legal issue, a re-trial or an appeal may sometimes result. This can cause the process to be extended longer than normal.
Not necessarily- while damages are a common form of remedy in many personal injury cases, some may result in other remedies. For instance, some injury cases may result in an equitable remedy such as an injunction requiring the defendant to perform certain steps.
Also, not all types of damages are available in every instance. Punitive damages, for example, are only issued in cases where the defendant has acted intentionally to injure the plaintiff, or where the injury was caused by severe recklessness. Every state has slightly different regulations regarding damage awards in personal injury cases.
The personal injury lawsuit process is going to be slightly different each time. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you feel that you need to file a legal claim for a personal injury. Your attorney can represent you during the process and can provide you with legal advice for your claim. Also, your lawyer can keep you informed of any changes that might arise during the process.
Last Modified: 05-13-2015 09:19 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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