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It can be difficult to cope with the after-effects of a car accident. It's not unusual for accident victims to feel overwhelmed with trying to heal from their injuries and deal with the financial and legal matters at the same time. When victims take action to be paid what they deserve, it can be a frustratingly slow and gradual process that leaves some wondering what is happening with their accident case. To help you understand what might be going on, take a look at the timeline below that points out the various milestones that might occur if you end up taking your case to court.
If you can find a way to reach an agreement with the at-fault driver's insurance company, your case could be over in a matter of weeks. Settlements put victims on the fast track to compensation, and they are the preferred way to handle accident cases. A settlement is an agreement between you and the other driver or their insurer that automatically ends the case. For your part, you agree not to file a lawsuit about the accident. For their part, they agree to pay you a certain sum of money that is meant to cover your damages. You must seek help from a personal injury lawyer before agree, however, or you might get taken advantage of by the insurer.
Paperwork Is Filed
When it seems like the other side is not going to offer you a fair settlement, your lawyer may draw up the paperwork for a lawsuit. The suit itself is not actually called a lawsuit, however. It might be known as a petition, complaint, or prayer for relief. The suit outlines how you have been harmed because of the careless actions of the defendant (the other driver and their insurers) and how much money you are asking to be paid.
The Other Side Answers
The other side has a limited amount of time to respond to the lawsuit with an answer. The answer takes the claims mentioned in the suit and denies them, one by one.
Getting Ready for Court
The trial may be set for many months later but the time will be used to prepare. That means a special set of actions known as discovery begins. The purpose of discovery is to bring to light the facts of the case by sharing information, documents, evidence, witness statements, and more.
Finally, if you still haven't settled your case, the trial will begin. To learn more about the process of filing a lawsuit, speak with your motor vehicle accident lawyer.