According to the CDC, in the United States there are about 39.5 million physician office visits for unintentional injuries each year, some of which are the result of negligence on the part of another, which can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. The U.S. District Courts reported in 2019 that personal injury/product liability filings increased 7 percent.
A personal injury lawsuit sometimes take years to conclude, and requires vast stores of documentation, patience, and stamina. Understanding the process ahead of time will help prepare you for the realities of trial, and may even make a critical difference in the outcome of your case.
It might take a while before the trial is over.
The length of time it takes to settle a personal injury lawsuit varies on a case by case basis, but it is important to understand that your case may take a long time to wrap up. The larger and more in-depth your case, the longer it will take to reach its conclusion. Being patient and realistic will help you handle the inevitable delays and frustrations that come along with many legal experiences.
Your may feel your privacy is compromised.
You should also expect to feel that your privacy is being compromised. Defense attorneys can request a wide range of documents, from medical and financial records to information related to your employment history. This may seem like overkill, and possibly even irrelevant, but they have legal rights to your information if they believe it may shed light on your case. When you get ready to file a personal injury lawsuit, your injury lawyer should walk through these things with you to help prepare you for them.
Expect the defense attorney to be combative during your testimony.
One of the most stressful moments in any personal injury case is the moment you find yourself called to provide testimony. In this situation, it is very important to remember to remain calm and rational. Defense attorneys will often try to anger plaintiffs in personal injury cases, but it is in your best interest to maintain your composure, as a jury will be more likely to feel sympathetic. If you’ve hired a good injury lawyer, he or she will work with you ahead of time to prepare you for what this may be like during the course of you personal injury lawsuit.
Make sure you have an experienced injury attorney to lean on.
Finally, you need feel confident that you have proper legal representation. You will rely heavily on your attorney to walk you through the oftentimes confusing aspects and proceedings of a trial, so having someone you’re comfortable with is critical. You don’t just need a lawyer with experience helping plaintiffs in personal injury cases — you need a lawyer with whom you can connect, and one who inspires confidence.
If you believe you have grounds for pursuing damages in a personal injury case and are in need of an experienced, caring legal team, contact Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. today.