Personal Injury

What Happens When a Personal Injury Claim Goes to Court?

Very few personal injury claims go to court. Most of the time, insurance companies will review your personal injury claim, make an assessment, and offer a fair settlement. There are a few situations in which a court case makes sense, though. For example, if the insurance company is offering you a significantly lower settlement than you need, or if they’ve denied your claim altogether, a court case might be the only option to resolve this.

The thought of going to court can be intimidating and stressful. What should you expect if your personal injury claim goes to court? Keep reading.

Taking a Personal Injury Claim to Court

Although it can feel daunting, bringing your personal injury claim to court is sometimes necessary. If you know what steps to take, you will feel much more comfortable bringing your claim to court.

Below, you will find an outline of what to expect when bringing your claim to court.

  1. File a lawsuit against the at-fault party. You will also need to file a personal injury suit against the specific individual or company responsible for your injury. In this stage, you should also be collecting all relevant evidence.
  2. The at-fault party will be served. This simply means the at-fault party will be made aware you are suing them, usually by a mailed document.
  3. The at-fault party will respond to the lawsuit. Once it’s been served, the at-fault party has an allotted amount of time to respond to the lawsuit. They can either fess up and claim responsibility (and make a settlement offer) or deny liability. If liability is denied by the at-fault party, the case goes to trial.
  4. Trial begins. Due to court trials being long, expensive, and stressful – most people’s personal injury lawsuits get settled before they ever reach the trial stage. However, if the at-fault party isn’t budging, you may have no other choice.
  5. In the trial, both sides will have time to present their case and evidence in front of a judge and jury. In the end, liability will be decided by the court.
  6. Get compensated for your injuries (assuming you’ve won). Assuming your personal injury claim is legitimate and well-supported, you should win your court case with no issue.

Conclusion

In the rare event that your personal injury claim needs to go to court, you will have a chance to state your case and present any supporting evidence. This way, at-fault parties must claim any liability for their part in your injury. Contact Grewer Law group today, if you should have any questions or concerns about your case.

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