A personal injury trial is a civil rather than criminal matter. That is not to say that crimes have not been committed, just that the two cases are handled separately and have different potential outcomes. When you bring a personal injury case, the purpose is to hold another party or parties legally responsible for damages to property or injuries suffered.
Burden of Proof
The burden of proof in a personal injury case is known as “preponderance of evidence.” In a criminal trial, the standard is known as “proof beyond reasonable doubt.” The difference is important to understand as there is a much lower bar for establishing whether an accused party is liable for damages. In your personal injury trial, you must present evidence the other party is more likely than not at fault for your injuries.
Timeframe & Cost
It can take a number of years for a personal injury lawsuit to conclude. The law firm representing you will face thousands of dollars in costs to bring the case to trial. H. Lehman Franklin P.C. works on a “no win, no fee” contingency, which means our clients only pay when they have received compensation as the result of a successful case, regardless of whether their case is settle inside or outside of court.
While witness statements are important in a personal injury trial, the scene is much different than those played out on TV dramas. In the majority of cases, medical narratives can be read out during the trial, rather than requiring a medical witness to attend court. However, in cases that involve potentially large sums of compensation, witnesses such as doctors may be paid to present evidence.
How your personal injury trial plays out will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case. Regardless, you have a much greater chance of winning fair compensation when you are represented by a personal injury lawyer who understands the laws involved when arguing for compensation. It is important to be wary of guaranteed claims that you will win your case in a personal injury claim.
It is also beneficial to hire a personal injury lawyer who will provide support throughout the process. Proactive and honest communication is often instrumental in helping clients prepare for a personal injury trial. At H. Lehman Franklin P.C., we provide clients with a free consultation that allows our team to provide an honest assessment on a case-by-case basis.
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If you have suffered personal injury and believe you have a case for compensation, H. Lehman Franklin P.C. will fight for a fair award on your behalf. As a standard, your lawyer will continue to negotiate for a settlement in your case even when the matter has reached the personal injury trial stage.
Those who have been injured in an accident or through medical malpractice may request a home consultation. If you would prefer to discuss the details of your case over the phone, call today on (912) 764-9616 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a knowledgeable and understanding legal professional.