10 Key Steps in Your New Jersey Personal Injury Lawsuit:
‘Are we there yet?’ One of the frustrating parts of filing a lawsuit is the amount of time it can take to resolve the lawsuit. Knowing these 10 steps will help you understand what your lawyer is doing with the case.
- Your attorney files the Complaint.
- The Complaint is served on the defendant.
- The defendant’s attorney files an Answer to the Complaint.
- You certify your Answers to Interrogatories.
- The defendant certifies his/her Answers to Interrogatories.
- Your deposition is taken.
- The defendant’s deposition is taken.
- A doctor hired by the defendant’s lawyers examines you.
- Non-Binding Arbitration is held before an attorney who does not have an interest in the outcome of the case.
- The case (finally) goes to trial!
But now I have even more questions! Let’s see if we can help.
- What are Answers to Interrogatories?
- These are questions that you answer (in consultation with your attorney) that gives the defendant more specific information about your understanding of the accident, your injuries, your treatment, and how the accident impacted your life. You can get a head start on your visit with your attorney by reading this link:
- Do I really have to go through a deposition?
- Yes. And don’t worry. Check out upcoming blog posts on how to be ready for your deposition.
- They injured me and now they want their doctor to examine me?
- Yes. The defendant is allowed to hire a doctor to review your medical records and to then examine you. Check out future blog posts on this.
- What is a Non-Binding Arbitration?
- Check out this link that will explain the process: https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/civil/arb_faq.pdf
- Yes. To maximize your ability to get the money you deserve, you must be ready to go to trial. That doesn’t mean that the case will go to trial, but you will need to be ready for it.
- Why didn’t you mention mediation?
- Mediation is not required by the court system for your personal injury case. A judge or one of the attorneys might suggest mediation as a way to settle the case. If that is suggested, it can be a good way to resolve the case.