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What Happens If My Personal Injury Claim Goes To Court?

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If you have been injured in a car accident or a workplace injury accident, you will likely need a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and, if necessary, file a claim against the individual who is at fault. Filing a legal claim can help you with compensation to cover property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, medical treatment, and various other damages.

Although the majority of personal injury lawsuits are settled by insurance companies, a number of cases do end up going to trial. It is crucial for you to know what to expect should this happen with your claim.

 Various Components Of A Personal Injury Claim

When cases go to court, they go through various steps, from start to finish. In many personal injury cases, a jury selection will take place. A jury can be composed of 12 or fewer individuals who are selected and questioned by the judge. The judge will ask numerous questions to the selected individuals to see their personal views on various case types and to learn more about them personally. Questioning a juror helps a judge determine if a person is a good candidate or if they have certain biases.

After a jury is selected, the case will move to trial. Trial for personal injury claims typical start with opening statements. The prosecution and the defense will each be allotted time to make an opening statement in support of their legal claim.

To file a successful claim against an at-fault party, the claimant must clearly demonstrate the burden of proof. After opening statements are heard, the case will move on to presenting the evidence. Your personal injury attorneys will generally call witnesses to support the evidence presented during the trial.  Witnesses may be individuals who personally witnessed the incident, doctors, financial experts, and even experts who re-create the scene of the incident.

After your attorney presents all relevant evidence, the defense is provided an opportunity to present evidence of their own. Defense attorneys can call witnesses and present documentation to support their argument against the claimant. After both sides present their evidence, each side will be given the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses.

After witnesses are cross-examined, both sides will begin to present their closing arguments. The defense and plaintiff are both given one final chance to try and persuade the jury to present a favorable outcome for them. The jury will then deliberate in a separate room and come to their own conclusion or verdict. Personal injury cases, like car accidents, are usually deliberated rather quickly. In some cases, they can take several days. Once a verdict is reached, the jury informs the judge, and then they present the verdict to both parties.

Our Attorneys Guide You Through The Process

If you were injured in an accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys will provide the guidance you need during the legal process.  The attorneys at LDM LAW have over 40 years of experience helping victims achieve the highest and best results for their claims.

We work directly with each client,  so that they can get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligent acts of another person, contact us today for a no cost review of your personal injury matter.