When you suffer a devastating injury that was caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to take legal action to pursue compensation for your damages. At the Law Office of Seni Popat, P.C., our legal team is here to provide the legal guidance you need to ensure your best interests are protected throughout the legal process. When clients first come to us seeking to file a lawsuit, they often don’t know what to expect once their case actually gets moving. Below, we explain the steps to a personal injury lawsuit after an accident.
Step #1: Meet with an Experienced Attorney
Having a seasoned personal injury lawyer in your corner is the best thing you can do if you want to avoid legal hurdles than can hurt your case. When you meet with a lawyer, they will review the details of your case to determine the potential value of your damages and develop a preliminary legal strategy. The lawyer will likely ask if you have discussed your injury with any insurance adjustors, specifically if you provided any statements regarding the events of the accident.
Step #2: Filing the Case
After you hire an attorney, they will file a complaint on your behalf. The complaint explains the details of your case against the party you are suing. It includes:
- The names of the parties involved
- Legal basis for the court's jurisdiction over the matter
- Your legal claims and the facts that support the claims
- A list of damages the plaintiff wants from the defendant
Step #3: Fact-Finding
As part of the case, you will be required to give your version of the events that caused your injury. Your lawyer can advise you how to respond to such questions, whether it is in writing or at a deposition. You also have the right to see documents from the party you are suing that relate to your case. This part of the process is an essential aspect of proving your claim because you can potentially gain access to computer files and other internal documents that contain valuable information. The fact-finding part of a personal injury case can be lengthy, expensive, and intrusive. That is why we recommend hiring a skilled lawyer who can advise you on how to properly respond.
Step #4: Resolution, Settlement, or Trial
Some cases are dismissed by courts while others might be settled before the case even needs to go to trial. But if your case does go to court, it will involve the following:
- Jury Selection
- Opening Statements
- Witness Testimony
- Closing Arguments
- Jury Instruction
- Jury Deliberation
- Case Verdict
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney Today
Give us a call today if you need legal advice regarding a personal injury case in Queens. We are here to guide and help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. When you choose the Law Office of Seni Popat, P.C. to represent you, you can trust that we will stand by your side and fight for your rights every step of the way.
If you’re ready to schedule your free case consultation with a lawyer at our firm, then please call us today at (718) 340-3385.