When prospective personal injury clients approach us, we sometimes hear their hesitation in pursuing legal action against those responsible. This hesitation is rooted in anxiety about courtrooms and trials. While we understand this concern, our reality is that most personal injury claims end in a settlement where our clients don’t see the inside of a courtroom.
We also seek to reassure these individuals that even if a claim ends up in a contested trial, we have their backs. If you have suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of others, a fear of trial is no reason to waive your considerable legal rights.
Preparation is a Key to Success
While most personal injury claims end in a settlement, there are times when the sides cannot reach an agreement. When this happens, a victim has a choice of bringing their case to a jury trial.
As the plaintiff, you have the “burden of proof” at trial, which means that your attorney must prove the elements of your personal injury claim to the jury. The other parties to your case are defending their clients from your claims and the damages you seek.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into a trial—which is critical to success. There are ways that you as a client are essential to your own success and how you can prepare for trial.
- Respond to requests from your attorney. There are time-sensitive requirements in a personal injury lawsuit, like responding to discovery. Everyone facing a lawsuit has the right to know why they are being sued and the evidence that will be brought against them. Providing complete information to the questions your attorney asks will help them strengthen your claim and address weaknesses in your case.
- Communicate with your attorney. Your attorney can talk with you about what to expect at trial and help you to prepare to testify. If there are any surprises or negative information that you fear will arise at trial, you must communicate this with your attorney well in advance of your trial. Your attorney needs this information to avoid being blindsided and jeopardizing your chances of success.
- Review your notes carefully. It is critical that you review your notes and records to refresh your memory. The last thing you want to provide to the jury is false or inaccurate information, which can shatter your credibility in their eyes.
Preparing for trial with an experienced attorney will allow you to enter the courtroom with confidence.
Personal Injury Attorneys, Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a claim for damages. You need a personal injury attorney who will stand by your side and fight for you from beginning to end. The award winning lawyers at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. have a track record of success. We fight for maximum compensation for our clients and have recovered millions of dollars on their behalf. Call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 210-8178 to schedule a free case consultation or contact our office through our website.