Every state in the U.S. has laws and regulations related to personal injury cases. Usually, the differences are very small but enough to make a case last longer/shorter depending on the state where the process was started.
In Utah, an average personal injury case lasts between 14 to 18 months. The process is long because there are many “stages” that you as a plaintiff have to go through. Listed below are all the stages of a personal injury case process in Utah.
Discussing with Your Attorney
Right after getting injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should consult with your attorney. You do not have one? Do not worry, our Personal Injury Attorneys in Salt Lake City will help you win our compensation. All you have to do is give us a call, schedule a free initial consultation and our attorneys will provide you with a free case evaluation. After that, if you choose to hire our services, you will have a meeting with your new attorney and discuss your case and your options.
Usually, at this stage, the attorney will gather evidence on your case and start planning the case ahead. This process could last anywhere between 4 months to a year, depending on how recent the plaintiff’s injury was and how severe it was.
Filing a Complaint and Getting an Answer
After you (the plaintiff) file a complain, the defendant normally has about 20 days to file an answer. At this point, the defendant will either admit the allegations in the complaint or deny them. In the first case, the situation could speed up for you drastically, while in the latter it may slow down and prolong for several more months.
If the defendant denies the allegations in the complaint, the case proceeds to the next step.
At this stage of the process, both sides are given the time to “discover” new evidence that can be used in the case. This stage usually includes the following:
- Requests for production of documents
- Use of experts
- Medical evaluations
- Requests for admission
Once these phases have finished, the pre-trial settlement conference begins.
In some cases, the court may refer the “alternative dispute resolution” to the case, and both parties may agree to mediation. At this point, both parties have much higher chance of coming to terms more effectively. If both parties do come to terms, they are required to sign the document. If they are unable to come to terms, the trial is inevitable.
Going to Trial
The final stage of the process is trial. If both parties could not come to terms, the case proceeds before the judge. Once you reach the trial, the decision will be brought by the judge, without any options of changing the final decision.
You will require the best legal help that you can get. Speak with our Salt Lake City Personal Injury Attorneys today and find out how they can help you with your case and help you secure the highest compensation possible for your damages.