What To Expect During A Boston Car Accident Lawsuit
No one ever wants to be involved in a car accident. These events can cause major stress, confusion, and anger. They also can cause serious personal injuries, lost time from work, and expensive medical bills. As well, no one wants to be involved in a lawsuit. Sometimes though lawsuits become necessary. If you have a claim that is not settling with the insurance company, here is what to expect during a Boston car accident lawsuit.
First, your car accident attorney needs to file the lawsuit. Depending on the injuries sustained, it will be filed in either District Court or Superior Court. For cases worth less than $50,000, District Court is appropriate, and for other cases, Superior Court is the proper court.
Next, the party you have sued needs to be served with the lawsuit. This is called service of process which is generally carried out by a sheriff’s office. Once that is done, the insurance company for the driver that caused the accident has their attorney file an answer to the complaint in the court the case was filed in.
The next phase that begins is discovery. This basically means each side exchanges information with one another. This involves interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and depositions. The deposition is when the parties or witnesses are questioned by the attorneys. A deposition can last from between 1-8 hours. Some cases can have multiple depositions that are necessary.
During your case your attorney will be attending possibly a case management conference as well as a pre-trial conference.
At any time after the lawsuit begins the case can still settle if an offer is made that you wish to accept. If the case does not settle, then the case must be tried in court before a judge and jury. A final verdict will be entered and the case will then conclude.
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