HOW ARE PERSONAL INJURY CASES RESOLVED?
People are often anxious about pursuing claims for compensation following an injury because they are fearful of court. Most personal injury cases however resolve without a trial!
Following an injury, it is essential you seek medical care and provide your doctors with details regarding your injuries and how they are affecting you. Our lawyers will obtain medical reports, provide them to the insurer and attempt resolution. In the event we cannot agree to a fair resolution, a claim will be instituted through the judicial system.
The claim will generally then proceed through a “discovery,” where the insurance lawyer asks questions regarding your injuries. Following discoveries we will again attempt resolution informally. If the informal process is unsuccessful, a “mediation” often follows. Parties meet formally and enlist the services of a mediator, an independent party to assist in the resolution process.
If mediation proves unsuccessful, the matter proceeds to a pre-trial. Here, both sides have the assistance of a judge who offers his views. The judge’s view is not binding but will often assist in resolution. Only if all of the above fails, which is rare, does the matter proceed to trial. Don’t let the fear of a trial prevent you from pursuing a claim.
The lawyers at Kelly Greenway Bruce are here to guide you through this complicated process. Call us today for a free consultation and let our staff use their expertise to ensure you obtain your best possible recovery.
The above information is of a general nature and is not intended to provide legal opinions. Readers should seek professional legal advice on the particular issues which concern them. We would be pleased to elaborate on any information contained above and how it may apply to your specific circumstances.