There is a lot of work that goes into filing your personal injury suit. First, you have to determine the right court to file in, and then you need to make sure you file all the right paperwork on time. This can be tough for the typical person to navigate. That is why you need the help of an experienced attorney like Todd Durham to assist you. He can help to in completing those first steps, but then what happens after? At the Todd Durham Law Firm, we are always happy to educate and inform our clients about the entire process from start to finish. Here are a few things you can expect after you have completed the first few steps:
After you file your complaint in court and the other party is served and answers, the discovery process starts. Each party may send interrogatories to be answered, and depositions may be taken during this time. This helps to gather the information to be used during a trial. Testimony given during a deposition is recorded by an official court reporter, much like in a trial. Discovery can be short or last awhile, depending on the facts of the particular case.
After the attorneys have gathered evidence through the discovery process, it is not uncommon for settlement talks to begin. Sometimes mediation or a more formal version, arbitration is sought out to help settle without going to trial. The majority of cases settle before trial. However, if the other side is unwilling to make a fair deal, trial may be the way to go.