Juan Hernandez Files Lawsuit In Plano, Texas
Juan Hernandez, filed a lawsuit in Plano, Texas against Natalie Brooks Givens. Mr. Hernandez claims that Ms. Givens caused an accident between the two parties and that he has suffered over $40,000 in medical bills.
What happens from injury to verdict?
The path from accident to payment for your injuries can be long. It helps to know what to expect from start to finish.
1. The injury occurs.
The incident happens that causes the injuries. This could be a slip and fall, a car accident, a pedestrian accident, or any number of acts of negligence. Police may respond to the scene, a police report should be filed and witnesses should be documented.
2. Medical treatment.
It is important to seek immediate medical treatment after an accident, even if injuries seem minor. Here, there will be diagnoses and an initial treatment plan. The treatment could be any number of things from rest to pain medicine to a year of physical therapy to something more severe. It depends on the nature of the injury.
3. Meeting with a personal injury attorney.
After treatment, you should contact a reputable personal injury attorney. A good personal injury attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and determine if a personal injury claim is appropriate. If the attorney feels your case has merit, and if you feel comfortable with that particular attorney, you and the attorney will enter into an agreement for your representation. This agreement will determine the scope of your representation and the fee arrangement.
4. Personal injury lawsuit filed – or not
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Sometimes, the best way to get the compensation you deserve is to not file a lawsuit – at least, not right away. Your attorney will discuss with you strategic options for negotiating with the other side. You might file suit before attempting to settle with the defendant or his insurance company, but it might be best to wait and see if a settlement can be reached first.
5. Settlement negotiations
Most of the time, it is not smart to go straight to court. Litigation – arguing in court – can be expensive. It is cheaper to see if you can come to an agreement outside of court. Your lawyer should be experienced in this as well as in litigating in court.
6. If settlement talks are successful
If the parties can make a deal, then the lawyers will draw up a formal agreement that lists all the terms of the settlement. All parties, including lawyers and insurance companies, will sign the agreement. The agreement might need to be approved by a judge and filed with the court.
7. If settlement talks are not successful
If talks are not successful, then the parties will go to court. Parties will file papers, and the judge may order mediation. Most cases do not go to trial. If there is a trial, a jury will determine if the defendant is liable and how much money the defendant has to pay.
If you have been injured, contact one of Loncar Lyon Jenkins’ experienced and skilled attorneys for a free consultation.
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