In the broadest sense, a personal injury attorney is a lawyer that provides legal services to those who claim to have been injured as a result of negligence or wrongful behavior of another party. However, there is a lot more that goes into a personal injury lawsuit than you may expect.
As soon as you contact an attorney, your attorney will begin taking steps to preserve and gather evidence for your claim and will begin working with insurers on your behalf. When investigating your case, your attorney will have one goal – to gather all the evidence necessary to verify how the accident happened and establish who was at fault. They will gather photographic evidence, witness statements, and official reports and may file a temporary restraining order to preserve any evidence that is at risk of damage, destruction, or tampering.
Once a personal injury lawsuit has been filed, both your attorney and the defense’s attorney will begin pretrial investigations. This is known as the discovery process. During discovery, attorneys will begin gathering evidence and may solicit written answers from the opposition, known as interrogatories, or request sworn testimony under oath, known as depositions.
Settlement negations will likely begin after pretrial investigations are complete. At this point, your attorney will begin seeking fair compensation for the damages you suffered. If a settlement is negotiated, your attorney will contact you for your approval.
If your attorney and the defense cannot agree upon a fair settlement or if the defense continues to challenge liability, then your case will go to trial and your attorney will represent you in court.