Personal Injury Case Going to Court? Here’s What to Expect
When someone else’s actions have left you injured, you deserve compensation for your suffering. Unfortunately, the responsible party might not agree. Instead, you’ll need to fight back and seek compensation in the courtroom.
Unfortunately, it can be tough to overcome an injury. You’ll need to fight back for your compensation, but you might not be sure where to begin. Fortunately, your lawyer can walk you through the process before your day in court.
When you have a personal injury case going to court, here’s what to expect from your case. Once you understand the courtroom, you’ll be ready to fight back.
Presenting Evidence in an Injury Case
When you first arrive in the courtroom with all your paperwork and case information prepared, you’ll likely first hear each lawyer’s opening statement. These statements are a summary of their case for or against you. They’ll describe the case, your part in the accident, and how the defendant was or was not involved. After this, they’ll then show their evidence supporting their claims.
Before your personal injury case, you’ll need to gather evidence that shows you were injured by the accident and because the other party was negligent. For example, if you were injured by a distracted driver, you may need to prove they were eating behind the wheel or texting while driving. This evidence should show why you should be eligible for compensation.
Defending Your Accident Claim
Unfortunately, you’re not the only one who’s ready to defend their claim. The defense won’t want to pay for your compensation, which means they’ll fight to avoid compensating you. They’ll fight back to ensure they don’t have to pay.
They may instead try to pin the blame on you, and unfortunately, it can work if you don’t take action. In some states, you may have to worry about comparative negligence, which means that you’re responsible for any damages you cause.
For example, if you were injured because of their actions, but your own actions prevented you from protecting yourself from injury, you may be held partially responsible. Unfortunately, that can reduce your compensation. In some cases, you may have your claim dismissed completely if you’re found more than 50 percent at fault for the accident.
As such, you may need to fight back in court. In many cases, you’ll need to not only prove that you need compensation; you’ll also need to avoid having that compensation reduced or dismissed completely.
Protect Your Personal Injury Case with a Lawyer’s Help
Is your personal injury case going to court? We’ve gone over what you can expect above, but unfortunately, that doesn’t cover all the things you might see during your day in court. A personal injury case can take time to settle, meaning that you may experience even more steps.
That may sound overwhelming, but fortunately, your lawyer from Hipskind & McAninch, LLC can help. Our attorneys can help you fight back for your compensation when the defense doesn’t want to pay for your injuries.
Our attorneys can help you recover, starting with a free consultation. We’ll walk you through how we can make your day in court easier for you. Ready to simplify your case and better understand your claim before you head to court? Contact us by calling 618-641-9189 or by completing the following online form.