The first six parts of this blog series have covered hiring an attorney, investigation of your claim, getting treatment, pre-suit negotiations, filing suit, and the discovery phase. The next stage in your lawsuit is getting ready for trial.
There is a huge amount of work involved in taking a case to trial, even if the injuries aren’t catastrophic. All the work your attorney has been doing over the last 12 – 24 months must now be brought together in a manner that tells the jury the story of your journey from the date you were injured to right now, and each story is completely unique to each client.
Just a few things that your attorney will work on include interviewing the witnesses that will be called and preparing them to testify; organizing all the documents involved in the case and determining which documents will be presented to the jury; preparing opening and closing statements; reviewing and summarizing any depositions that have been taken to ensure no witness changes their testimony at trial; and working with trial technology companies to create video and 3D renderings of your injury or a surgery you underwent. Depending on the complexity of the trial, anticipate that your attorney will spend weeks, if not months, getting ready.
There is also time spent with the client. After all, the client is the crux of the entire case. You should expect to meet with your attorney several times before the trial to go over your testimony, your medical treatment, your recovery, or perhaps the way that this injury has changed your life forever. Your attorney will want to meet with your friends and family to help tell the complete story of your journey.
We understand how difficult being involved in a lawsuit can be, and the prospect of a trial is daunting for many. If you have a legal question about your case, call our offices, one of our attorneys will be glad to speak with you.