Please Call One of Our board-certified Worker's compensation Specialists For a Free Consultation (833) 444-4127

Cardinal Law Partners.

Please Call One of Our board-certified Worker's compensation Specialists For a Free Consultation (833) 444-4127

 A judge's gavel and scales of justice on a black background - Cardinal Law PartnersIn this article, you can discover:

  • The sequence of steps that are involved in a car accident injury trial.
  • Whether there are risks associated with opting for a trial instead of a settlement.
  • The potential for a lesser settlement post-trial.

What Are The Steps And Timeline Of A Car Accident Injury Trial?

To understand the process of a car accident injury trial, it’s essential to follow a structured sequence of steps. Firstly, Consulting and Hiring a Law Firm is crucial. This step involves selecting a legal representative to guide you through the legal intricacies of your case.

Following this, the second step is the Investigation of the Claim. This phase is dedicated to gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses, and ascertaining all relevant insurance coverages. It’s a thorough process that can span weeks or even months.

The third step involves the Treatment Phase, a critical period where the injured party receives medical care. The duration of this phase varies based on the injury’s severity and can last from months to years, or even a lifetime in extreme cases.

Subsequently, there’s the Demand and Negotiation Phase. Occurring during the treatment period but before the statute of limitations expires, this stage involves exploring potential settlements without filing a lawsuit. However, in severe cases, this phase may be bypassed in favor of immediate legal action.

Filing a Lawsuit is the fifth step, governed by a three-year limitation period post-accident, with some exceptions. This process includes choosing the appropriate county for filing and detailing the legal foundations of your claim.

Following the lawsuit filing, the Discovery Phase begins, where both parties exchange evidence and scrutinize the strengths and weaknesses of each other’s cases. This phase, guided by civil procedure rules, involves interrogatories, document exchanges, and depositions.

The seventh step is Mediation and Negotiation, a less formal attempt at settlement compared to a trial. If unsuccessful, the case proceeds to the Trial Phase, where either a jury or a judge examines the evidence and testimonies. The trial duration is highly variable and depends on the case specifics.

Finally, there are potential Appeals to higher courts and the eventual Receipt of Payment, which might involve settling medical bills or liens from various entities. This ten-step process underscores the need for experienced legal guidance throughout the journey.

If My Car Accident Injury Case Goes To Trial, Could I End Up With A Smaller Settlement Than What I Was Originally Offered?

Indeed, pursuing a trial in a car accident injury case carries the risk of a smaller settlement than initially offered. The outcome of a trial is contingent on the judgment of a jury or judge, who is unaware of prior settlement discussions. In North Carolina, for instance, jurors are not informed about insurance involvement or that there is insurance coverage at all, potentially influencing their perception of the defendant’s financial responsibility.

Additionally, trial proceedings incur substantial expenses, such as expert witness fees and deposition costs. Consequently, even if the trial verdict matches the last offer from an insurance company, the net amount received by the claimant could be reduced due to these additional expenses. Therefore, it’s crucial to weigh the potential financial implications of a trial against the offered settlement.

For more information on the Litigation Of A Car Accident Injury Claim, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (833) 444-4127 today.

Cardinal Law Partners.

Please Call One of Our board-certified
Worker's compensation Specialists
For a Free Consultation
(833) 444-4127

Skip to content