Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a stressful and confusing situation. After all, people in Tulsa filing a personal injury lawsuit have been injured in some way. Not only are they recovering from a physical injury or illness, but they may also be emotionally scarred from the event that caused the injury. Moreover, the costs of dealing with such injuries and the aftermath of the event that caused them can be significant.
In addition to that, most people have very little experience with the litigation process. It can help to know what to expect. The following is a brief overview of the litigation process. Keep in mind that each individual’s situation is unique so not everyone’s case will follow this exact chronology.
First, the plaintiff has the defendant served with a complaint and summons. A complaint explains the reason and grounds upon which the plaintiff is suing.
The defendant has a certain amount of time in which to submit their answer. This document explains which parts of the complaint the defendant agrees with and which parts they do not agree with, along with any defenses they are countering with.
Following that is the discovery process. This is when the plaintiff and defendant provide each other with information about the case so they can prepare their arguments. For example, they could request documents, undergo written interrogatories or participate in oral depositions. These are done under oath.
Next, if a settlement is not reached or if the case is not dismissed by a judge through a pretrial motion, the trial will begin. Witnesses can be called and evidence can be submitted. Attorneys will present their client’s arguments. The judge or jury will then make a ruling, which will determine which side prevails.
This is only a general overview of how the litigation process could proceed. As mentioned, each person’s case is different. Therefore, those who believe they have a cause of action may want to make sure they are represented by an attorney who can provide advice and guidance.
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