What to Expect During a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted by Haleigh Haffner Mulhern | Apr 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you've been injured in an accident and are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, it can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. However, understanding what to expect during the process can help ease your concerns and prepare you for what lies ahead.

Here's a general overview of what you can expect during a personal injury lawsuit:

  1. Consultation with an Attorney: The first step in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is to consult with a personal injury attorney. They can help you understand your legal rights, assess the strength of your case, and determine whether or not you have grounds for a lawsuit.

  2. Investigation: Once you've hired an attorney, they will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injury. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and consulting with experts.

  3. Filing a Complaint: If your attorney determines that you have grounds for a lawsuit, they will file a formal complaint with the court. This document will outline the details of your case and the damages you are seeking.

  4. Discovery: During the discovery phase, both parties will exchange information and evidence related to the case. This may include medical records, witness statements, and other relevant documents.

  5. Negotiations: In many cases, the parties may attempt to reach a settlement through negotiations. This can help avoid the time and expense of a trial.

  6. Trial: If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial. During the trial, both sides will present their evidence and arguments to a judge or jury, who will determine the outcome of the case.

  7. Appeal: If either party is dissatisfied with the outcome of the trial, they may choose to appeal the decision.

Throughout the process, your personal injury attorney will be there to guide you and advocate for your best interests. They can help you understand the legal system, navigate complex procedures, and work to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

While every personal injury lawsuit is different, understanding the general process can help you feel more prepared and informed as you pursue justice for your injuries. Contact Haffner Law today to discuss your claim.   


About the Author

Haleigh Haffner Mulhern

Haleigh Haffner is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a Juris Doctor and a certificate in Public Interest Law. Haleigh was sworn in to the Illinois Bar in January 2021. While at Loyola, Hal...


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