Throgs Neck Personal Injury Lawyer
Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit can be complex. This is the case whether these injuries stem from a vehicle crash, an act of violence, or anything in between. These claims could take months or even years to resolve, and in some cases could require a lawsuit. A Throgs Neck personal injury lawyer might be able to help you streamline this process while obtaining the damages you deserve.
At Douglas & London, we never shy away from the prospect of a trial. While we resolve the vast majority of our cases through a pre-trial settlement, we are not afraid to take our case before a jury if the other side refuses to agree to fair and full compensation. That is why we approach every case with a trial in mind.
We are always ready to fight for our clients and help them pursue maximum damages for their injuries and losses. Call us right away to learn how a personal injury lawyer might assist with your claim.
Stages of a personal injury trial
We expect to settle our clients’ cases but are fully confident that we will win a case at trial if necessary. A personal injury trial can be a drawn-out, complicated process. While trials involving small claims might last an afternoon, trials involving catastrophic injuries could last for weeks. Here are the steps to expect if your case goes to trial:
- Jury selection. Most serious injury cases are brought before a jury. Selection of these jurors must occur before the trial can begin. Typically, both parties start with a large pool of jurors. Attorneys on each side will have the chance to ask them questions about their background, their biases, or their potential conflicts of interest. Both sides have a set number of “strikes” that allow them to reject a juror. After this process ends, the jury is seated.
- Opening statements. Both sides open with a statement to the jury. The plaintiff goes first, followed by the defendant. In general, the opening statement previews the evidence the jury will see during the course of the trial.
- Your case. After opening statements, the plaintiff will put on their case. This involves calling witnesses and submitting evidence. The other side will have a chance to question the plaintiff’s witnesses.
- The defense case. Next, the defense puts on any witnesses or evidence they have. Your personal injury attorney will have the chance to question their witnesses.
- Closing arguments. At the end of the evidence stage, closing statements tie together the evidence presented and allow attorneys from both sides to make their final argument.
- Deliberation and verdict. The judge will then instruct the jury and send them to deliberate. The jury will determine the responsible party and, if necessary, award damages.
Whether your case makes it to trial or settles, if successful, an injury claim could lead to significant damages. These damages could include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished earning power
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Work with a Throgs Neck personal injury attorney
The sooner you move forward with your personal injury claim, the sooner you could obtain the compensation you are entitled to. If you are ready to get started, schedule a free consultation with Douglas & London right away.