The Legal Process in Michigan – 9 basic steps
What to Expect in Your Case
- Initial Consultation — The attorney-client meeting is always free of charge, regardless of whether or not we take your case. We assess your case and your potential claim and recommend a course of action.
- The Investigation — We need to collect all the facts and evidence. When necessary, we will work with the most experienced professionals and investigators. When our investigation is completed, we will promptly advise you of our findings and make recommendations to you.
- Finding the responsible parties — We must ascertain who is legally responsible for your injury, whether or not they were insured, and the amount of coverage available.
- Track your Medical Care — We will need the assistance of your doctors in sending us complete medical information so that we can evaluate your claim. For this reason, it is important for you to obtain appropriate medical care for your injuries.
- Evaluating your case for settlement — We cannot consider a settlement before we know the full nature and extent of the injuries you have suffered and the effect the effect they have on your overall lifestyle. Where appropriate, we will make an attempt to obtain a full and fair settlement on your behalf. We will explain to you the kind of damages that you can claim. For a variety of reasons, not all cases can be settled.
- When a lawsuit is needed — A lawsuit is required when a case cannot be fairly settled with the insurance company. When a lawsuit is filed it normally takes 12-18 months to get the matter set for trial. During that time, discovery takes place.
- Discovery — This is an exchange of information between parties so there will not be any surprises at trial. You will have to answer questions in writing (interrogatories) and give a deposition under oath. We will assist you every step of the way.
- When a trial is needed — If your case cannot be fairly settled after the close of discovery, your case will be aggressively prepared for trial.
- The closing — You receive your financial compensation. When your settlement check arrives, we will contact you to come in for a final disbursement.
* Costs may be the responsibility of the client.
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