This blog post is part seven in an eight-part series designed to help you understand how our office strives to best serve the needs our of clients and what you can expect as a client of the firm.
The seventh step in handling your claim is filing a lawsuit, if necessary. Very few cases actually proceed to trial. Most cases settle out of court. Filing a lawsuit involves the court in the process of obtaining fair compensation for your claim.
First, our office prepares a petition, explaining what happened to you, whom you are suing, and why you are suing them. We then file the petition with the court. We also serve a copy on the defendant.
Second, the discovery process begins to facilitate the exchange of information between the parties. This involves interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and requests for admissions served on the defendant. We also decide who needs to be deposed and send the appropriate notices.
Third, we determine whether experts are necessary to prove your case. Then, we notify any potential experts that a lawsuit has been filed and exchange information on experts with the opposing party.
Fourth, once discovery from the defendant is completed, our office answers interrogatories and responds to requests for production of documents and requests for admissions on your behalf. We also prepare you and any other witnesses for depositions.
Fifth, depositions of the various parties are conducted. This normally involves the plaintiff, the defendant, and some of the plaintiff’s medical providers. At each deposition, the deponent is sworn in under oath to answer questions about your lawsuit.
Sixth, the parties file all pretrial documents with the court and prepare to proceed to trial.
Disclaimer: This description of the steps in the process of an injury case is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. Nor does the information above create an attorney-client relationship. However, we look forward to the opportunity to try to help you. Please contact us today to discuss your potential case.
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]