What to Expect From The Process
The time when you are dealing with recovery from an accidental injury is not the ideal time to deal with the legal aspects of that injury. Yet, this is the time you most need to pursue compensation from the individuals who caused your injury. This is why it is so important to contact the Monroe injury law firm of Auger & Auger. We can help you understand your available options and walk you through every step of the process to protect your rights and ensure you have the best chance of receiving fair compensation for your claim.
Understanding the litigation process
The first step of every litigation process is to decide how you plan to pursue your claim. You have three basic options:
- Insurance claim
- Out-of-court settlement
- Litigation in court
The circumstances behind your injury and the degree of injury you sustained play a large role in which option you choose. And, the processes behind each option vary widely.
The insurance claim process
Filing an insurance claim seems like a simple process—you file a claim, and the insurance company issues payment. For very minor injuries, this process can be effective. But, when you retain an attorney from Auger & Auger, you gain substantial insurance company negotiation skills. Our attorneys understand that insurance claims adjustors are interested in settling your claim as quickly and inexpensively as possible. When our attorneys handle your claim, you are more likely to receive full and fair compensation for all the expenses associated with your injury.
The process of Monroe injury settlement out of court
An out-of-court settlement can be negotiated before an injury lawsuit in Monroe has been filed. But settlement can also be negotiated any time during the trial. This process involves discussions between the attorneys representing the injury victim and the individual responsible for the injury. Either attorney can make a settlement offer, but all parties they represent must agree to the offer. In most cases, failure to reach a settlement agreement sends the issue to court.
The process involved in a courtroom trial
In-court injury litigation in Monroe courtrooms is a complex process, similar in many ways to criminal trials.
- After filing the papers required to schedule a trial, both attorneys undergo the jury selection process.
- Once the trial begins, both attorneys make opening statements to introduce the jury to the case.
- Both attorneys present their cases by questioning witnesses and presenting evidence in support of their cases.
- Once both cases have been presented, the attorneys make closing arguments before the judge sends the jury to deliberate the case.
- After deliberation, the jury issues a verdict. When an individual is found guilty of negligent acts that caused injury, the jury also recommends an award that is typically more substantial than can be achieved through settlement of the claim.
Call us today at any of our three Charlotte personal injury law offices and we’ll talk about your situation at (704) 364-3361, or contact us via our web form.