Making the decision
The average person has never been involved in a lawsuit and may never need an accident attorney. However, if you or a family member should ever suffer from a slip and fall, motorcycle accident, dog bite, or a wrongful death, choosing a personal injury attorney will be the most important decision you could make. Since personal injury lawsuits are an uncommon experience, this article will help you understand the particular elements and stages of a personal injury lawsuit.
Understanding how an accident attorney gets paid
Most people feel that they could never afford to hire a personal injury attorney. The most reputable law firms are paid on a “contingency” basis, which means that they do not charge a fee unless your case is successful. In other words, they do not get paid unless you get paid. When you are awarded compensation by a judge or a jury, the attorney fees are based on a percentage of the total award, which can range from 25% to 40%. This is not paid until the very end of your case. Once you agree to hire an attorney, you will sign a client contract that explains the exact attorney fee.
Researching your case
Once hired, your attorney will research and investigate your case in order to completely understand how you were injured, the seriousness of your injuries, and the damages, and expenses incurred. He or she will notify the insurance company and/or the attorney representing the party who injured you. A reputable law firm will keep you aware of any significant developments throughout the lawsuit process. This way, your focus will be on getting the medical attention you need and restoring your normal health and lifestyle, if possible.
Filing suit in court
After your accident attorney files your lawsuit in court, a judge will then set timeframes and deadlines for the different phases of the lawsuit process. Your personal injury attorney will be able to clearly explain these steps to you. The process can take several months to years, depending upon the complexity of your case.
Mediation is a form of dispute resolution that can be requested by either side, at any time before and during the trial. This involves the interested parties, their attorneys, and a neutral mediator who is sort of like a referee between the parties. Mediation agreements are non-binding. The parties can accept or reject this decision and continue to trial.
Going to trial
When a case goes to trial, your attorney presents your case to the judge or jury. The party who injured you puts on their defense, and the judge or jury will decide on a verdict. Sometimes the legal proceedings can continue even if the verdict is in your favor. The defense can appeal the case to a higher court to reconsider the verdict.
Finding the right personal injury attorney in North Carolina
Lawsuits are complex. Be sure that your personal injury attorney has years of expertise in cases similar to yours and a proven track record of success. You only have one opportunity to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages. Choosing the right attorney on your side can be the difference between winning and losing your lawsuit. The Olive Law Firm is dedicated to helping their clients seek justice, and they get results. For more than 56 years, they have provided aggressive representation for North Carolinians in personal injury cases. There is no fee unless you recover damages. Call them today for a free consultation with an accident attorney.