If I start a personal injury lawsuit, how much of my time will the lawyer need?

The process for a personal injury lawsuit is quite standard, with the discovery period being the lengthiest part of the process. This can take up to a year to complete as both sides in the case prepare questions and collect evidence.

  1. All personal injury lawsuits start by filing a complaint with the court. Once the defendant files an answer with the court, there is a discovery period.
  2. During the discovery period, each side has an opportunity to prepare their case for trial. The discovery period is 300 days for the routine cases such as car accidents and slip and falls. During the discovery period, you will most likely have to answer written questions called interrogatories.
    1. After the parties exchange written questions and answers, the defense lawyer will most likely schedule your deposition. During a deposition, a court reporter places you under oath and the defense attorney then asks for information about the accident and your injuries. This process usually takes between 45 minutes to several hours depending on the case and the defense attorney.
    2. The defense attorney will also schedule your examination by a doctor of his choice. This exam typically takes 15 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. After the discovery period is over, the court will schedule the case for arbitration at the courthouse. This informal proceeding requires your attendance.
  4. If either side rejects the arbitration award, the court schedules your case for trial. You are required to attend trial and testify.

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