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Outline of a Personal Injury Case

No two personal injury cases are alike, but most cases follow a similar path through litigation, including the following:

Complaint Filing and Service

Every case begins with the filing of a complaint with the court.  After the complaint is filed, it must be properly served on the defendant(s).

Response To Complaint

The defendant(s) usually have 30 days after service of the complaint to file an answer to the complaint, or to file a challenge to the sufficiency of the complaint.

Discovery

Once the Complaint and Answer have been filed, both parties commence “discovery” to exchange evidence. Depending on the case, one or more of the following may be used by the parties:

  • Interrogatories: written questions which parties must answer in writing, under oath.
  • Demands For Production Of Documents:  formal requests for documents.
  • Requests For Admission: require the parties to say which allegations they affirm, and which they deny, and why.
  • Subpoenas For Documents: used to get documents from third parties, such as doctors, employers, and insurers.
  • Depositions: people are required to appear in person to answer questions under oath in front of a court reporter, who produces a transcript.
  • Defense Medical Exam: The plaintiff is examined by a doctor hired by the defense, who provides a report to all parties.

Trial Setting

The court will hold Case Management Conferences to determine when the case will be ready for trial. When the court concludes that a case will be ready for trial, it will set the trial date and various related deadlines concerning completion of discovery, mediation, and trial preparation.

Settlement Negotiations

Settlement negotiations can occur any time during the litigation.  The attorneys can discuss settlement on the phone, by email, by letter, etc.  Often the court will require the parties to participate in mediation, which is a settlement conference in a private setting, not in court.  Sometimes the court will set a “Mandatory Settlement Conference”, which is a settlement conference before a judge in the courthouse.

Settlement negotiations generally become more meaningful as the trial date approaches.  Only then are both sides’ “”cards on the table,” and both sides can fully assess their risks and weigh them against the potential benefits of trial.

Trial

The vast majority of cases settle before trial, once the hard work of preparation is done.  However, if the parties cannot settle the case, trial is available to resolve the case.

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Types of Injuries

Civil Lawsuits for Accidents Related Injuries, Southern CA Lawyer, Torrance

The following are just a few of the types of injuries that result in accidents that victims may be entitled to receive compensation for in a civil lawsuit.  To view more types of injuries and accidents that we can assist you in recovering economic losses and damages for, visit “Types of Cases Handled.”

Amputations

Losing a limb is a devastating physical change, and it is often difficult for victims to move forward.   Southern California personal injury attorney David S. Brown will work hard to get victims financial compensation for the physical and emotional elements of this loss.  David S. Brown works with medical and vocational experts to establish the victim’s entire loss.  Common amputations include loss of arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes.

Head Injury

Head injuries can be fatal, and many of their effects are often not discovered for years.  David S. Brown has extensive experience getting monetary compensation for head injury victims.  He works with medical experts to insure that the injury is correctly diagnosed and treated, and that full liability is established.

Head injuries include skull fractures, epidural hematoma (EDH), subdural hematoma (SDH), concussion diffuse axonal injury, cerebral contusion, closed head injury, open head injury, and traumatic brain injury.

More About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Back injury

Back injuries can have devastating and life-long consequences.  Proper medical diagnosis is crucial to limiting the physical damage.  David S. Brown works with medical experts, and will help you get the treatment you need.  Types of back injuries include slipped disks, herniated disks, bulging disks, sciatica, facet joint problems, and much more.

Blindness, Eye Injuries

Blindness is a devastating, life-changing injury.  David S. Brown will work hard to fully compensate victims for the physical and emotional harms from blindness and other eye injuries.

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If you, or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact us for a free consultation.  Attorney David S. Brown will evaluate your case and advise you of any compensation you may be entitled to pursue in a civil lawsuit.

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