What To Do If Your Personal Injury Claim Goes to Court?

You may want to contact a personal injury lawyer if you were injured in an accident. You can file a legal claim to be compensated for property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.

While most personal injury cases are settled by the insurance companies, some cases end up going to trial. You need to be aware of what to do if this happens with your claim.

There are many components to a personal injury claim

There are many steps involved in bringing cases to court. A jury selection is required in many personal injury cases. The judge may select 12 people to form a jury. To get to know the jurors and their opinions on different cases, the judge will ask many questions. 

A judge can determine whether a person is a good candidate for the job or if they have biases by questioning them.

The case will proceed to trial once a jury has been selected. Personal injury cases are typically opened with opening statements. Each side will be allowed to present their case in an opening statement. The victim’s personal injury lawyer will usually give their opening statement first, as they bear the burden of proof.

The Burden of Proof

Scales of Justice To successfully file a claim against an at fault party, the claimant must clearly show the burden of proof. After the opening statements have been heard, the case will proceed to the presentation of the evidence. 

Personal injury lawyers will usually call witnesses to support the evidence presented at trial. Witnesses can include doctors, financial experts and experts who were present at the scene of an accident.

After the attorney for the claimant has presented all evidence, the defense can present their evidence. Defense attorneys may call witnesses to present evidence against the claimant. Each side will have the right to cross-examine witnesses after they present their evidence.

Both sides will present their closing arguments after witnesses have been cross-examined. Both the plaintiff and defense have one last chance to convince the jury to favor them. The jury will then convene in a separate room to deliberate and reach their verdict. 

Personal injury cases like those involving car accidents are often handled quickly. Sometimes, the process can take several days. After reaching a verdict, the jury notifies the judge and presents the verdict to the parties.

An attorney for personal injury can help you

It is important to speak with personal injury lawyer if you have been injured in an accident. McIntyre Law has a lot of experience in helping victims get the best possible results.

Lawyer Contingency Fees will Surprise You

In almost all car accident cases, auto injury lawyers charge clients on a contingency fee basis. This means victims of a crash will not pay attorney fees unless their lawyer helps them to recover money for their losses.

When car accident lawyer fees are charged on a contingency basis, they are charged as a percentage of the compensation the victim receives.

The specific percentage can vary depending whether the case is resolved by a settlement or it goes to trial. It is usually between 25% and 40% with most attorneys charging around 33%. An attorney may charge 25% if the case settles quickly, for example, or as much as 40% if a long trial is required due to the complexity of the case or because the defendant appeals the decision.

If you were awarded $250,000 in your case, this could mean you end up paying as little as $62,500 if your case is resolved quickly or as much as $100,000 if a prolonged trial is necessary.

These costs are for legal fees alone–expenses are an additional cost and are charged separately.

Note that all reputable lawyers provide you with a written contract for their services that spells out their fees and what you are required to pay. If you are not given a written contract, ask for one.