When the worst happens and you are injured in a car wreck, you may find yourself suing for compensation in court. Almost all personal injury claims are settled outside of court, but not all. The personal injury process can be long and confusing, especially for those who are still suffering from injuries as result of the accident.
You can get through this process with the help of your personal injury attorney, but it may help to have a good understanding of how to handle your day in court. Read on to learn more about what happens in court and be prepared to win to your case.
1. Prepare for the interrogation by working with your legal team to review your case. Since it may have been quite some time since your accident, a thorough review of all documents and medical records will help refresh your memory. Your attorney will help to prepare you by holding practice sessions for the interrogation, which will teach you how to best answer questions. For example, you don't want to ramble on and answer unasked questions.
2. The attorney for the other side will attempt to antagonize and confuse you with rapid fire and leading questions, but do your best to stay cool and calm. Take your time and make sure you understand what is being asked. Asking for clarification is fine. If you do misspeak, let the judge know right away so that the record will show that you simply made a mistake.
3. Be prepared for an invasion of your personal life. Your criminal, financial, educational and employment records are all fair game when it comes to besmirching your character. While these character attacks cannot be prevented, you can do you and your case a big favor by being open and honest with your attorney ahead of time so that they will not be blindsided in court.
4. Don't expect a personal injury trial to be a quick event. Whenever you deal with the court system you can count on many hearings, pleadings, motions, delays and continuances. Even relatively simple and straight-forward cases can go on for months and months.
5. One of the main focus of a personal injury trial is the proving of the physical and mental affect that the accident has had on you and your family. In the time period leading up to the trial, be prepared to have your every move recorded and photographed. This effort by the defense will attempt to show that you are not suffering as much as you have claimed to be.
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