The Fresno Litigation Process
Many injury and accident victims file a claim for compensation without a clear idea of what to expect from the litigation process. Not knowing what the litigation process involves can make an already difficult situation even more stressful. To help the victims of injuries and accidents better understand personal injury litigation, Fresno attorney Jacob J. Rivas explains what to expect from the process. For additional information, you may also review how to find the best attorney for your case.
- Evaluation — The first step in the litigation process is to have a personal injury attorney look at the facts of your claim and help you decide the best course of action. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your attorney will advise you on the best litigation options available to help you receive the compensation you need.
- Negotiations — Most personal injury cases can be resolved without the matter having to go to court. This step in the litigation process aims to achieve just that by working with the other parties involved to reach an out-of-court settlement. Your attorney may advise you to enter into mediation or arbitration to help you reach an appropriate settlement without having to incur the expense and stress of a trial.
- Trial — If out-of-court negotiations fail, the next step in the litigation process is to argue your case before a judge or jury. Your attorney will present the facts of your claim; after the defendant is given time to respond, a judge or jury will decide what kind and how much of a settlement should be given.
Because no two personal injury lawsuits are exactly the same, the litigation process for your particular case may vary. The best way to know what to expect from litigation is to speak with your attorney and have all your questions answered. By knowing what to expect and being prepared, you can help yourself make the litigation process as easy and stress-free as possible.