What is the process of a car accident lawsuit?

If you were injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be considering a lawsuit and be wondering what the process is.

Your first step is to consult with a personal injury attorney. You likely have a lot of questions, and an experienced attorney can answer them. You may be wondering how much your case is worth or even if you have case. A lawyer can review your individual circumstances and explain your options. At Joyce & Reyes, we offer a free initial consultation.

After gathering all the facts and weighing the options, if you and your attorney decide to move forward with a lawsuit, a complaint is filed in court against the defendant(s) who caused you harm, and they are summoned to answer. A typical complaint alleges that the defendant’s negligence caused you, the plaintiff, injury. The defendant’s answer typically denies the allegations and asserts any defenses.

After the lawsuit has been initiated, there is a period of discovery during which each side is required to produce documents and answer questions. At any point, the two sides may settle the case. The vast majority of lawsuits settle before trial, but you should hire an attorney who is prepared to take your case to trial, so that you can get the best settlement or judgment possible.

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