In theory, an Arizona personal injury claim is a relatively simple process. A claim generally starts when an injured person requests money for injuries they have incurred after enduring an accident, abuse, or neglect. Most of the time, this involves filing a claim with the insurance company of the party responsible for the injury. If the claim is not settled at that point with an offer from the insurer, a lawsuit is usually the next step.
Filing a lawsuit is the beginning of what is known as the litigation process. For victims of injury, the first task in litigation is responding to your own lawyer’s questions so he or she becomes familiar with the facts of your case. This is known as discovery.
Next, the injured party must give a sworn statement, in which the questions posed by the lawyer of the at-fault party– or the at-fault party’s insurance company– are answered. This is called a deposition. A deposition is given under oath, and statements given in a deposition can be used in court.
Ultimately, the next step is to take the case to trial before a judge and jury. But it’s uncommon for the case to reach that point. Most cases settle long before a jury trial takes place, which we will detail shortly. But other cases require a jury to decide what the case is worth; the amount of money that could possibly be won at trial is at the discretion of the jury.
Being involved in any type of accident can often be a traumatic experience. When another person’s negligence causes such devastating incidents to take place, injury victims have legal rights that deserve to be protected. If you’d like to learn more about your options so that you can decide what the best course of action is for your specific situation, please give our Mesa injury lawyers a call for a no-obligation, free consultation.