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What Occurs in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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What Occurs in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

The idea of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be daunting. Many individuals find themselves overwhelmed, not only by their recovery but also by the legal complexities that lie ahead. In such a situation, it’s crucial to seek dependable legal advice from an attorney experienced in litigation. At the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell, our team is dedicated to providing you with the support needed to navigate your personal injury lawsuit. We’re here to guide you through each stage of the process. 

Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney

The first step involves consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the validity of your claim. This meeting is your opportunity to present any documentation, medical records and notes you have related to your injury. 

Evaluating Your Legal Representation

Choosing the right attorney is vital. During your initial consultation, inquire about their experience, communication policies and approach to cases similar to yours. An attorney’s assessment of your case plays a significant role in setting realistic expectations for the lawsuit.

The Contingency Agreement

Upon hiring a personal injury attorney, you’ll typically enter into a contingency fee agreement. This means your attorney gets paid only if you receive compensation. Fees are usually a percentage of the total recovery and are discussed upfront to avoid any surprises.

Investigating Your Case

Your attorney will then thoroughly investigate your case to understand the details of your injury and the related damages. This investigation includes dealing with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case.

Attempting to Settle Before Filing a Lawsuit

Many personal injury claims are settled without going to court. Your attorney will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company on your behalf. While your lawyer will advise you on the fairness of the settlement offer, the final decision rests with you.

Filing Suit and Pretrial Phases

If a settlement can’t be reached, your attorney will file a lawsuit. This stage includes the complaint and answer phase, discovery phase and motions phase, each of which is essential to building your case for trial.

Mediation and Trial

Mediation offers a chance to settle the case with the help of a neutral third party. If mediation does not result in a settlement, the case may go to trial, where both sides will present their arguments before a judge or jury decides on liability and damages.


Even after a verdict, the case might not be over. Appeals can prolong the process, and it may take time to receive any awarded compensation. Rest assured, your attorney will handle the complexities of this phase, including resolving any liens on your settlement.

Securing Your Future with the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell

At the Law Offices of Shane O’Donnell, we know the importance of having knowledgeable and compassionate legal representation at a critical time. Our team is dedicated to protecting your rights and securing the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. We plan and strategize every step of your case, always putting your interests first and preparing to defend your rights in court if needed.

If you’re dealing with the aftermath of an injury and considering a personal injury lawsuit, don’t hesitate to seek the legal guidance you need. Contact us today to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.

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