A typical personal injury lawsuit will involve the following stages:
Hiring a lawyer: The first step in the legal process is to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Making a demand: Your attorney will send out a demand letter to the at fault party and their representative specifying the liability issues and the losses you have sustained including medical costs, lost income, future loss of earnings and other damages sustained.
Filing a lawsuit: If a settlement cannot be reached between you and the at fault party, you may file a lawsuit with the appropriate court.
Fact finding or discovery stage: After a lawsuit has been filed, both parties are allowed to undertake a formal investigation of the case. During this stage, the attorneys for both sides will collect evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and medical records.
Negotiation and settlement: Settlement and negotiation may occur at any point during a personal injury case. At this stage, the parties can negotiate and settle the case before trial.