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Kansas City Injury - Will I go to court?
WILL I GO TO COURT?
Appearing in court can be intimidating. For the large part, it will not be necessary, in matters involving personal injury or workers' compensation claims. That is because most of these claims are resolved outside of court. Because the need to go to trial is a possibility, we prepare each case as if it is going to trial. Doing so means that you are prepared for court, if necessary. It also means that the insurance company, and their attorneys, are dealing with a fully informed and supported claim for compensation. We know this proactive stance to be essential in the timely resolution, and fair settlement, of your claim.
PERSONAL INJURY CASE PHASES
Following your free consultation with Attorney T. Morton, here are some of the possible next steps:
Formal filing of your case
Fact finding (to include record requests, report requests, etc...)
Research & Discovery
Settlement requests (to or from insurance company)
Testimony preparation, etc...
As noted above, your case will likely be resolved before a formal trial is necessary. Sometimes this is days before trial is scheduled, or even the day of trial.
WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE & AFTER TRIAL?
We will prepare your claim for trial from the very beginning. Before your case goes to trial we will follow, among many other things, the steps noted above (in "Personal Injury Case Phases"). Should your matter not settle before court, here is what you can expect:
Jurors are selected (Voir Dire)
Opening statements are given by both sides
Witness testimony for the you (the plaintiff) and the cross-examination of your witnesses
Witness testimony for the at-fault party (the defendant) and the cross-examination of those witnesses
Closing statements from both sides
Your attorney will spend hours preparing and gathering the necessary documents, experts, professionals, exhibits, etc...long before trial begins. All that happens during the trial is incredibly complex but, typically handled by your attorney. The trial is typically one to two days long, and on rare occasions longer. After the trial, and a verdict in your favor, you may receive your compensation within a matter a few weeks. Sometimes the verdict is challenged, through an appeal, which would delay/prevent your receipt of compensation.
HOW IS COMPENSATION DETERMINED, IF I GO TO TRIAL?
Your attorney will be tasked with proving to the jury that you suffered injury, because of the negligence of the other party, and the party's negligence was the cause of your injury, and from that injury you suffered damages. Some of the damages the jury will consider include:
Loss of wages (past and future)
The permanency of the injury
The need for ongoing care (ex. physical therapy, home healthcare, etc...)
The severity of the injury
Loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of relationship with family and/or spouse, etc...
Determining the cost of the items you may have lost (ex. car replacement) because of your injury is typically simple. Placing a monetary value on the things listed above, and other intangibles, will take experts, professionals and an attorney willing to fight for your interests. Further, it will take an attorney that knows what you are entitled to be compensated for.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY CASE TO BE RESOLVED?
Resolving a personal injury case can be as short as several days, or as long as several years. There are many factors that go into determining how long a personal injury claim can take to resolve, and Attorney T.Morton can adequately explain these factors to you. It is better to get an attorney, on your case, right away. Contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
I NEED AN ATTORNEY. WHAT IS MY FIRST STEP?
The selection of Attorney T.Morton, and her personal injury team, is an important one and should not be taken lightly. We are dedicated to you and your case. We offer a competitive fee structure for winning your case. We will help you through the process and assists you in getting the compensation you deserve. The first step is to contact us for your free consultation 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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