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What is a Confidential Settlement?

Posted on February 3, 2015

What is a Confidential Settlement?

There is so much that goes on in the personal injury lawsuit process that it can seem very strange to people who are not familiar with it. One of these is the confidential settlement agreement. Even though not all personal injury lawsuits result in settlements, and not all settlements are confidential, knowing what a confidential settlement is can help you understand how the personal injury lawsuit process works.

Demand Letters, Lawsuits, Trials, and Settlements

When people get hurt they often visit a lawyer so they can file a lawsuit. But the personal injury lawsuit process doesn’t necessarily begin immediately thereafter. In many, if not most, personal injury cases, the case begins after your lawyer sends a demand letter to the defendant. (The defendant is the person or organization you believe caused you your injuries.) The demand letter states the basis for any lawsuit you might file, explains the nature of your injuries, and asks the defendant to pay money in compensation.

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What Does a Judge do in a Personal Injury Case Trial?

The lawsuit process can be intimidating. When you’re injured and are considering filing a lawsuit, it’s hard to know where to begin. Even after hiring a lawyer and getting started, the process can be hard to figure out. What do you have to do? What does your lawyer do? What happens at trial? What happens between now and then?

To help you understand the lawsuit process, let’s look at a one specific piece of the personal injury process: the judge’s role. Specifically, let’s look at what the judge will and won’t do if your case goes to trial.

Judges, Cases and the Law

In a personal injury case, the judge serves as a trier of law. The trier of law is responsible for making a ruling over the legal issues brought up during the course of the trial.

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What if I Lose My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Posted on January 17, 2014

What if I Lose My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If you’ve never been involved in the legal process before, the idea of losing a personal injury case and then appealing the judgment can seem daunting. Is it even possible to file an appeal in your situation? If so, how? How do appeals work? Will it mean you will have to go through trial again?

These and many other questions are very common when people lose a personal injury lawsuit. Though you should always speak to your attorney about the possibility of appeal, here is some basic information you can use to help you get a better understanding of how appeals work.

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What You Should Know When Hiring a PI Attorney

If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, or due to a defective or poorly designed product, it is of paramount importance that you hire the right personal injury attorney to handle your case. There are a number of things that should be taken into consideration when making this important choice.

First, and arguably foremost, it is important to know how long the prospective attorney has practiced law, in particular how much experience they have handling personal injury cases. Highly qualified personal injury attorneys will devote a majority of their time to issues pertinent to your case. Although attorneys in general practice may be well-trained and highly experienced in multiple aspects of the law, it is critical that the attorney who you choose to represent you is well-versed in the specific aspects of the nature of your case. In addition, you would be well-advised to find out how many cases of a nature similar to yours the prospective attorney has taken to trial and/or settlement. Therefore, make it a point to ask your potential attorney what percentage of their cases they take to settlement and what percentage go to trial. Not only is this indicative of the attorney’s willingness to work on your behalf, but it is also a surrogate of his or her skill and rate of success.

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What are the Stages of a Personal Injury Case

A personal injury case begins as soon as a person is injured. Witnesses and other evidence of the injury are essential for establishing the case regardless whether the case develops into a lawsuit that goes all the way to trial, or whether it settles outside of court a short time after the injury. The sooner any witnesses or other evidence are located, the less likely they will be lost or forgotten.

Intake: The Initial Meeting of the Lawyer and Client

When an injured person consults with an attorney to represent him or her, the personal injury attorney typically reviews the facts explained to determine the case’s likelihood for success. The personal injury attorney calls this initial meeting of fact gathering between himself and the injured person the intake. The attorney considers many factors that will affect the case, including the time that has passed since when the injury first occurred, the evidence the client presents to him of the injury, the evidence he can expect to obtain in the future, the availability of any persons who witness what caused the injury, the ability of the person or company that caused the injury to adequately provide compensation, the costs he expects the case will incur, among several other factors. He may want to interview other witnesses or do further investigation before agreeing to accept the case. He may also consider whether the case would best be resolved through litigation or by some alternative method of resolving the dispute, such as through arbitration.

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