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How to Prepare for a Personal Injury Case

Personal InjuryIf you are having a difficult time receiving a fair settlement in a personal injury case, then you might have to file a lawsuit. But what does this actually mean for you? Does intrusion of your privacy and the intense questioning of your reputation cause a problem for you?

Any lawsuit can open up a can of worms. Not that you have any worms to expose, but the opposing attorney will try to find the tiniest details to counteract your lawsuit.

Understanding that the Personal Injury Process is Public

The legal process takes place in a public forum. This means you have to talk about things in your personal life, which is usually not something anyone wants to do in public.

Getting Through It

You should be prepared for anything to happen, but if you don’t feel you have the strength to get through it all, then you may want to reconsider how much this all means to you.

One important thing to note, however, is that a good personal injury attorney will help get you through it.

Being Prepared

Preparation is the key to getting the best results from your personal injury case. Your attorney will do the work of preparing you for what can be expected once you decide to move ahead with the lawsuit.

Are you emotionally prepared?

How prepared are you emotionally? It depends on what else is going on in your life. If you are overwhelmed, but have family support around you, then it might not be as difficult. If you are experiencing pain and suffering caused from your injuries and emotions, then a personal injury case might mean more to you than the average person.

To help be prepared for the emotions that will come to the forefront throughout your case, you have to realize that the case may take a long time to get to a possible resolution.

In it for the Lengthy Long Haul

A lengthy case can be quite frustrating. However, if your medical and emotional issues are depleting your finances, then a personal injury lawsuit may be your only recourse. This is especially true if you are unable to work due to your injuries. Loss of wages can put you in a financial bind.

If you have a small case, then you may want to consider settling quickly. If you have a case that involves the following, then a personal injury lawsuit might end up being more financially meaningful for you.

  • Severe or long-term injuries
  • Various medications
  • Numerous doctor’s appointments
  • Time of work

Making it Complicated

The lawsuit process can also be confusing and complex. You may have to deal with:

  • Pleadings
  • Hearings
  • Motions
  • Discovery
  • Continuances
  • Interrogations
  • Negotiations
  • Adjournments
  • Deadlines

Doesn’t that sound lengthy and confusing to you? Well you’re right, it is!

With an attorney there to explain the legal jargon, you will be able to understand and embrace the common procedures related to the litigation process. It is your right as a plaintiff to be able to understand what you are going through.

Understanding Your Rights

A good attorney should explain your rights to you – every step of the way. You have the right to understand and identify why your hearing has been pushed back until a future date. You also have the right to be informed of the reason why more documentation is needed after the case has begun. You also should know the details of the conversations between your lawyer and opposing counsel. If your case is important to you, then these are some of the essentials that you should be aware of.

Your attorney should also explain precisely what is happening in the case. If your attorney is vague and unapologetic, then you may want to get another attorney.

Protecting Your Privacy

Again, if your privacy is more important to you than your lawsuit, you should consider speaking at length to your lawyer to get a better picture of what you to expect. In every lawsuit, the opposing attorney is allowed to ask pertinent questions, which could include:

  • Producing specific documents

  • Personal information such as marital status, work related essentials, and specifics about the accident or injury

  • Details about your medical records, which includes before and after the accident

  • Details about your bank account and possibly any other financial information that you might not wish to divulge, such as your tax return information

  • Your employment history

Discovering the Deposition

During the deposition phase, the opposing attorney may want to know each and every job that you held in your lifetime. The attorney may ask about every possible injury that you had in your life, every lawsuit that you ever filed, every doctor you have ever seen, and every worker’s compensation claim you may have filed in your entire life.

Your attorney will advise you beforehand on how to answer these questions. This would be part of the preparation phase. Your attorney will also prepare you for any confrontational testimony and how you should handle it.

It is ideal to sit down with your personal injury attorney and go over the advantages and disadvantages of filing a lawsuit. With consideration of the extent of your injuries compared to the litigation process, you and your attorney will come to a decision whether settlement is better than enduring a rigorous trial. Contact us today at 386-274-2229.

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