There can be an almost countless number of causes for you being in an accident, but when it is the result of another person's negligence, you may be able to pursue the matter through legal channels. While most people want to avoid formal legal proceedings, these may be the only way for you to recover major financial losses that resulted from the accident. Sadly, most people have some misconceptions about this process, but learning the truth behind these two common notions will help you ensure you make smart choices during this process.
Myth: It Is Impossible To Change Attorneys
While most attorneys are highly competent and experienced professionals, there may be a time when you simply do not have good chemistry with your attorney. Whether it is due to them having too many cases or personal conflicts, there can be any number of reasons why you may want to change representation during the proceedings.
Unfortunately, there are many people who are under the impression it is impossible to change attorneys during this process. Luckily, this is not the case, and if you are unhappy with your representation, it is possible to seek the counsel of another lawyer. However, it should be noted that this may drastically increase costs and lengthen the time needed to resolve the dispute, and as a result, you should generally only take this action in extreme cases.
Myth: A Settlement Is Not Possible After You Formally File The Lawsuit
When many people are first considering legal action, they may imagine that their case will be guaranteed to make it a full-fledged trial. In reality, a relatively small number of cases ever make it this far because it is generally preferable for all the parties to agree to an out of court settlement.
Unfortunately, statutes of limitations can force your attorney to start the process of a trial before a settlement can be reached. Luckily, it is still possible and preferable for a settlement to be reached out of court as long as the actual trial has not started. When an agreement is reached, your attorney can file documents requesting the case be dismissed, and this will end the matter.
Pursuing legal action after you have suffered injuries in an accident may be the only option available to recover the expenses associated with your injuries and damages. By understanding that you can switch attorneys when your case is not properly being represented and a settlement is an option until the trial actually starts, you will be better prepared to know what to anticipate during this lengthy process. If you have more questions about a personal injury lawsuit, contact a lawyer like Sarkisian, Sarkisian & Associates PC.Share