Personal Injury Litigation

The Litigation Process

Litigation can be a confusing and intimidating procedure, but the lawyers of Doran & Murphy, PLLC explain the litigation process so that injury victims can know what to expect.

Determining Liability and Damages

On occasion one party is injured as the result of the negligence or fault of another party; this is the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits are intended to provide compensation to the injured party and to discourage the behavior that caused the injury. Two factors are required in establishing a successful personal injury lawsuit: liability and damages. With regard to liability, the party that is filing the personal injury lawsuit must demonstrate that the person (or company) which has been sued bears legal responsibility for the injury. The damages in a personal injury lawsuit refer to the extent of loss or injury suffered on account of the other person’s actions or negligence. In addition, there are certain special circumstances, such as medical negligence or wrongful death where an individual may file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. Claims are filed for death resulting from the misconduct of individuals or companies for a variety of factors ranging from negligence to intentional criminal actions.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Process

Every state has a different statute of limitations and may have differences in the lawsuit process, so you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights under these statutes.

Your personal injury attorney will seek to recover compensation for damages you have incurred due to medical expenses, loss of work earnings (including potential future earnings), and pain and suffering. If you are injured, you should assemble all pertinent information, any written statements from witnesses, medical and hospital records, police accident reports, any relevant photographs, and any other evidence available.

If you have suffered a personal injury and need help, please contact us at 800.374.2144, or complete our contact form.

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