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What to Expect During a Personal Injury and Civil Trial

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are injured in car crashes, occupational accidents, and during medical procedures—and many of these injuries are directly caused by another person’s negligence. If you’ve been hurt in an accident in San Antonio, you are likely dealing with costly medical bills, physical pain, and maybe even lost income. Fortunately, if your accident was caused by another person’s negligence, you may have grounds for a successful personal injury claim in Texas.

But do you know what to expect during a personal injury and civil trial? If not, our experts at Carabin Shaw are here to help! Read on to learn about the claim process, how to contact personal injury lawyers in San Antonio, and more.

What to Expect During a Personal Injury and Civil Trial: The Claim Process, Explained in 5 Steps. 1. Consulting With and Hiring a Lawyer

The first step is to determine whether or not you have grounds for a personal injury claim—and to do this, you will need to consult with professional San Antonio accident attorneys. The lawyer will interview you and ask you detailed questions about your accident, which you should answer as thoroughly and as honestly as possible. If the attorney determines that they believe negligence can be proven, you can then proceed to the next step of the claim process.

2. Your Lawyer Will Investigate Your Case

Next, if your attorney thinks you may have a viable claim, they will investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident or injury. They will interview you thoroughly, review your medical records, and figure out who should be held liable. This stage of the personal injury claim process may take several months, because your attorney must do extensive research to build the strongest possible case and leave no stone unturned.

3. Your Attorney Will Make a Demand

At this part of the process, your lawyer will make a demand to the other side’s attorney, or enter into negotiations if they believe the case can be settled. However, if negotiations fail or the other side refuses to meet the demand, then you will proceed to the next stage of the process.

4. The Lawsuit is Filed and the Discovery Phase Starts

Next, your lawyer will file your personal injury lawsuit in court, which begins the discovery phase. The discovery phase is the period of time where each party investigates the other side’s legal claims and legal defenses. Both sides will request documents from one another and take depositions. This phase of the process often lasts between six months and one year.

5. Negotiation, Mediation, and/or Trial Phase

Depending on the case, your lawsuit will be resolved in one of three ways: through negotiation, through mediation, or through trial. However, keep in mind that the great majority of personal injury claims do not go to trial and are resolved through either negotiation or mediation.

Considering a Personal Injury Claim in Texas? Call Our Expert Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation

Here at Carabin Shaw, we employ only the best Texas personal injury attorneys, and our team has more than 200 years of combined legal experience. We’ve been helping accident victims in Texas for more than two decades, and we’ve recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our satisfied clients. And if you’ve been hurt in a serious accident, we want to help you get your life back on track.

So reach out to Carabin Shaw’s San Antonio office today at 210-222-2288 to receive your free consultation with an expert lawyer, and to find out how our San Antonio accident attorneys can help. Don’t wait—give our team a call and find out how our personal injury lawyers in San Antonio can help you.

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