What happens after a deposition in a car accident case depends on the specifics of your situation. You could expect to participate in a mediation or a trial. Depositions are recorded after a lawsuit is filed. If you resolve your case through insurance negotiations, then you would not have to give a deposition.
What Is a Deposition, and What does It Have to Do with My Case?
A deposition involves someone related to the case sitting down and speaking with a lawyer. The information this individual shares is recorded for the purpose of supporting or disagreeing with an argument one side will make.
For instance, you might have suffered a truck accident that another person witnessed. You could contact this person to tell their side of the story in a deposition. This account can then support your argument that the truck driver was negligent and at fault for your losses.
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A Car Accident Lawsuit Involves Several Different Parts
Many car accident lawsuits follow this timeline:
Depositions are recorded in the discovery phase when both sides gather all available information to help them make their arguments.
Mediation Could End the Case Through a Conversation
You might not participate in all the phases mentioned above. Mediation involves a neutral party speaking with both the plaintiff and the defendant to come to an agreement. However, the other party in your case might be angry and insistent that you are at fault. They might not want to speak to you in person about the accident.
In this case, you could skip mediation and take your case to trial. Mediation seeks to avoid trial fees and resolve your case.
Going to Trial Allows You to Argue Your Case Before a Judge
Taking all the evidence you and your personal injury lawyer gathered, you can move on to the trial stage. You would go to court and make your case to the judge. Here, you could recover a judgment award. This is different from an insurance settlement, which typically does not consider your pain and suffering.
At this point, your case would be finished, and you could use your award to pay for your accident-related expenses. Some of it could apply to your intangible, emotional losses as well.
How Your Lawyer Will Help You Through Your Car Accident Case
Your lawyer will stand by you from the beginning of your case to its end.
- Investigate your case
- Gather evidence
- Speak to eyewitnesses
- Give you advice about a fair settlement amount
- Valuate your losses
- Help you get your vehicle repaired
- Speak with your medical team to gain an understanding of your injuries
- File paperwork
- Help you stay within relevant deadlines
- Keep you updated about developments
- Protect your rights
- Handle negotiations with the insurance company and communications with the defendant’s lawyer
- Take on your court fees until your case ends
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The Kinds of Damages You Could Recover from a Car Accident Case
It is difficult to determine an average settlement amount for car accident cases. Your losses might be very different from another person’s. For instance, two passengers in the same collision could face different sets of expenses.
If You or a Member of Your Family Sustained Injuries in a Car Accident
Considering your situation, you could obtain an award that pays for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of a limb
- Loss of enjoyment of life
A fair award will provide coverage for your injury-related losses. Our goal is to leave you with no out-of-pocket injury-related damages.
If Your Family Member Passed Away Due to a Car Accident
You might also have lost a loved one in a car accident. You could be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation that covers the following damages:
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Your own pain and suffering
- Loss of support
- Loss of household help
- Loss of inheritance
- Your loved one’s medical bills before their passing
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of consortium
You could recover other losses in your insurance claim or lawsuit than those listed here. It all depends on the specifics of your situation.
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The Strong Arm Is Here to Support You Through Your Car Accident Case
Our firm has helped many parties affected by car accidents. We could call on our network of resources to help you and your family. Our team does not charge for consultations. You have nothing to lose by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878.
We can discuss how our firm operates and how our lawyers can stand with you regardless of what happens after your deposition.