The Typical Trial Timeline for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have been considering contacting an Orange County personal injury lawyer about a recent accident or injury, you may be wondering what a civil lawsuit entails. Many are unfamiliar with the civil justice system and, thankfully, have never participated in a civil lawsuit as either a plaintiff or defendant. Civil trials involve the preparation and presentation of evidence, opening and closing arguments and jury deliberation. Once the jury has made its decision, it will render a verdict either for or against you and, in the event of a favorable verdict, will award a damages amount it believes is congruent with your injuries.
As the plaintiff, your Orange County personal injury lawyer will present your case first. He or she will interrogate witnesses, introduce exhibits, and craft opening and closing arguments. Once the plaintiff is through presenting his or her case, the defendant is afforded the same opportunity during which your attorney will cross-examine the defense’s witnesses.
Following the presentation of evidence, the judge will allow each attorney the opportunity to present a closing argument to the jury. A closing argument is a summary of the case presented and a succinct argument as to why the jury should find for or against one’s client. The plaintiff presents a closing argument first, followed by the defense and followed by a rebuttal argument if warranted.
The jury is then instructed by the judge on the specific and minute points of law implicated in the particular case and the threshold evidentiary standards. This process could take up to an hour to complete, depending on the complexity of the issues presented. The presentation of the law should be completely unbiased and wholly reliant on legal treatise and current case law precedent.
The jury will meet in the jury room to deliberate until it reaches a verdict. This could take minutes, hours, or days, depending on the case. The jury is not to be influenced by any outside news sources or individual people. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will see to it that the jury is kept isolated from any undue influence on the part of the defense or any unscrupulous third parties. Once the jury has reached its verdict, it will be announced in the courtroom. The verdict reveals who will prevail in the case and for how much.
If you are considering a personal injury action, do not hesitate to contact Orange County personal injury lawyer Samer Habbas today. I would love to review your case! Simply fill out the form on this page to schedule a free initial consultation.