The Legal Process
One thing that we try to do with our clients is help de-mystify the legal process; the judicial code is necessarily complicated and the process of undertaking a lawsuit would seem daunting to anyone. Since that process can be so confusing, we have come up with 5 steps that you can keep in mind if you are ever injured and in need of legal help.
1. Speak with an Attorney
The sooner you speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, the better. Talking to an attorney right after the incident is the best way to assess your rights, avoid insurance claim deadlines, decide if legal action is necessary, and learn how much compensation you can receive to help you get better. Click the link above to learn more about contacting and hiring an attorney.
2. Let Your Attorney Work for You
Let your attorney work your case while you take time to recover and heal from the injury. The reason you are hiring an attorney is so that they can take care of your case for you. Let your attorney gather the necessary evidence, make the phone calls, wrangle with the insurance companies, file any necessary legal and court documents, and deal with any third parties. Your attorney should focus on your case and keep you updated all along the way so that you can focus on what you need to recover. Click the above link to find out what you should expect your lawyer to do for you.
3. Arbitration: What, When, and Why
Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process and civil law is geared towards solving the matter out of court, however, not all cases can be settled through arbitration. Cases dealing with crimes, status, and family law are not arbitrable. Matters dealing with private rights between two parties can be handled through arbitration. Arbitration does not limit a party’s right to seek a specific solution, but simply shifts the venue for finding that solution from the court system to an arbitration forum. If you think arbitration is right for you, or if you want to know more about it, please visit our arbitration page.
4. Mediation: What, When, and Why
Mediation sessions are conducted in a law office instead of in a courthouse. Each party stays in their respective offices and the mediator travels back and forth helping the parties move towards a settlement. The parties do not have to prove their case or respond to questions like in a deposition or an arbitration. In a mediation for a personal injury lawsuit, the talk is about dollars and cents. Accident victims are typically relieved that they do not have to answer questions or try and prove their case, but they often find it difficult to put a dollar value on their injuries. Go to the above link and learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of mediation.
5. Did you Know? Things You Can’t Mention at Trial
Don’t you wish that there was one list somewhere with the important things you need to know before you take on a personal injury case or step into a courtroom? Here it is. In this page, you will find information on liability insurance, police reports, settlement offers, violation of traffic codes, and more.
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