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How Does a Lawsuit Work?

From start to finish, how does a lawsuit work? What steps can be taken during a lawsuit? What are the actions the other side can take to try to stop or weaken your lawsuit? What can your legal team do to stop those motions from affecting your claim? To answer all of these questions and more, we’ve compiled several videos that answer these critical questions and shed light on the extremely complex process of pursuing a lawsuit, and what your legal team has to do to protect your rights.

Personal Injury Lawsuits, Step by Step

The Steps to File Suit

What are the different steps to file a lawsuit? Are there certain forms you need to fill out? Who do you send the forms to? What type of evidence do lawyers need to gather to substantiate your claim? We’ve compiled answers to all of these questions and more. See below.

Step 1

Call Us or Submit Your Information on Our Website

You’ve been hurt, you’re suffering, and you need help. You know that you have been wronged, and you know that you need legal help to make it right. The first step is contacting our firm. We’re easy to reach, and you can contact our firm directly online through our contact page or by phone by calling 314-334-1511 or 618-226-4811.

Step 2

Meet With Us

After you have reached out to our firm, we will schedule a meeting so that we can meet in person. We want to get to know you, to know what happened, and we want to prove to you that we are going to fight hard for your rights and that our team is the right legal team to take on your claim.

Step 3

Collect Evidence to Substantiate your Claim

You know what happened during your accident. You were there. However, physical evidence, witness testimony, and police reports significantly substantiate your claim. Knowing how and where to gather this evidence is critical to your claim, and our team of lawyers know exactly how to gather all of this crucial evidence to make sure your claim is fully protected.

Step 4

File the Lawsuit

Once we’ve collected all of the physical evidence, witness testimonies, and related police reports or medical records, we can move forward with your case. At this step, we file the lawsuit within the correct jurisdiction, and give the other parties notice that we are pursuing a lawsuit against them.

I’ve filed my lawsuit… What’s next?

Filing your lawsuit is only the initial part of pursuing a claim. Once the claim is filed the defendant has to be notified, and then there are several steps that they can take towards the claim. What are these steps? What should you expect from your lawsuit? Listed below are the most commonly used steps for a Lawsuit. Your claim may be different. The defendant you are suing may want to settle the lawsuit quickly, or they may fight it an go to court. No two lawsuits are the same.

Step 1

File a Petition or Complaint

This initial stage of a lawsuit was covered previously, but we are listing it here again to keep the steps comprehensive and in order. To start a lawsuit, you have to have a complaint and damages that resulted due to another person’s actions. Once evidence is collected, a claim can be filed.

Step 2

Get Service on the Defendant

The Lawsuit has been filed, and now the defendant needs to be notified of the lawsuit. This is done by serving them with a summons and a complaint. It is critically important to do this step because if the defendant isn’t notified of the claim, a court can easily throw the case out.

Step 3

Do Written Discovery

Written Discoveries are questions that have to be answered in writing, and are legally under oath. That means that any answers, facts, or statements within the discovery hold legal consequences. This step can also be used to require a part to produce documents for the claim.

Step 4

Take Depositions and Produce the Plaintiff for their Deposition

Depositions are the next step. This entails interviews with fact witnesses, and cross-examinations of the plaintiffs and defendants by the opposing legal counsels. Cases are often decided based on the evidence presented in depositions. Properly preparing for a deposition can substantially strengthen a case.

Step 5

Depose Experts

Expert testimony is a gold standard for determining whether the stated facts could have possibly occurred as either the plaintiff or defendant claims. Experts will be able to translate to a judge or jury that the facts related to the case are either possible, or accurate.

Step 6

Prepare for Trial

Trial preparation is important. You need to be aware of what the defendant may ask, how the claim is presented, and how long the trial may last. Properly preparing for a trial will give you a much better chance of defending your claim in court.

Step 7

Try the Case in front of a Jury

Your trial will always be in front of a judge, but can often also include a jury as well. During a trial, your legal counsel will argue your claim and try to show that the defendant’s claim or assertions are incorrect. Trials take varying amounts of time. Some are settled on the first day. Most take several days.

Step 8

Verdict and Judgement

At the end of the trial, a judge or jury will deliver a verdict or judgment. This is typically the end of the lawsuit. If required to, the defendant will have a set amount of time to produce the judgement or verdict required.

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