You were heading home from work when a driver failed to stop at a red light. As you both entered the intersection at the same time, the crash happened with almost no warning at all.

Today, you’re still recovering from the injuries that you suffered in that crash. You have decided to file a lawsuit, but you’re not sure what to expect. Here is a little bit of information to help you understand what happens if your case can’t be settled outside court.

Going through a personal injury trial: The steps

Personal injury trials include several steps such as:

  • Choosing the jury
  • Listening to opening statements
  • Listening to witnesses and the cross-examination by opposite attorneys
  • Hearing the closing arguments
  • Jury instruction
  • Jury deliberation

Once all of this is done, the jury lets the judge know about their decision. The judge then gives the verdict and will let the plaintiff and defendant know the results.

Should you take your personal injury case to court?

If you can avoid it, sometimes staying out of court is better. If you’re filing a claim against the other party’s insurance provider, for example, your attorney will be able to negotiate and hopefully work out an appropriate settlement for you. They can give you support and information on what may or may not be a good settlement and when you would or wouldn’t want to take it. However, the choice to accept a settlement will always be yours.

Regardless of what you choose to do with your case, your attorney can be there to help. Our website has more information on what to do after you’ve been injured.