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What is the Process of a Personal Injury Case?

The process is always the same no matter what type of case it is. Whether it is a medical malpractice case, civil rights case, car accident case, fall down case; the legal process is the same. Once you provide us information about what happened to you and what your medical injuries are, and the treatment you are obtaining. We obtain all medical records and do our investigation: for instance, in a car accident case we go to the see, take photographs, speak to witnesses, and so on. Once the investigation stage is done, once we collect all the medical records, we send all the itemization to the opposing insurance company, and the settlement negotiations are started. If the parties cannot reach a settlement then we file suit. Once the lawsuit is filed, the court sets certain time tables. The court will tell us by what date we must complete our discovery—that is, depositions, interrogatories, and so on—after that, the court will set the trial date. Before the trial date, the parties usually go through a pre-trial settlement conference. You may or may not be involved in the pre-trial settlement conference, but you will always be informed of what happens at the conference. If the parties cannot reach an agreement there, the trial date will be set and the parties will go to trial, at which point you will be fully engaged in the trial process.

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