A Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline
Any time that a person sustains an injury due to the negligence of others, be it another individual or a company or organization, that injured individual has the right to file a lawsuit. The goal of this kind of lawsuit, known as a personal injury lawsuit, is to gain financial compensation that is relevant to the recovery and medical treatment of the injuries that were sustained. Understanding exactly how this process works can make it easier to go through and increase your chances of success.
Firstly, it is important to identify the circumstances of the personal injury case and what factors play into it. Was the injury caused by a car accident? A slip and fall incident at a store? A negligence doctor or other medical professional? Knowing the category of the personal injury case can help you determine how to best proceed with the case. Due to the vastness of the different kinds of cases, it is always best to consult with a personal injury attorney prior to filing the lawsuit claim.
Once you, and your attorney if you have one, file the lawsuit, the first step will be the offer of a settlement. A settlement is a flat monetary amount that the party being sued can agree to pay in exchange for all other charges being dropped and the case left alone. Negotiations usually occur to lower the amount, but if the settlement is rejected, the case is then officially filed with the courts. At this point, a judge will oversee the determination of the compensation amount or if the case should be thrown out entirely.
In order to give yourself the best possible chance of winning the lawsuit, it is highly recommended to consult with an attorney that is skilled and experienced in personal injury law. To learn about how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this capacity, and to schedule a free consultation with us, please call us at (813) 872-0929 any time.