While most personal injury cases settle out of court, insurance companies and responsible parties will not always offer an appropriate settlement amount for damages. When that happens, the injured party, with the help of a skilled injury attorney, can decide to take the case to trial. In a civil trial setting, a judge or jury will determine if the individual should receive damages and how much those damages should be worth.
But going to trial in Cumberland County is a long process. Before the trial date begins, there are many steps that both parties and their attorneys must follow.
The discovery process is a time when the attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defendant can start collecting evidence that will help prove their case. Evidence collected during the discovery process may include police reports, medical reports, photographs, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, and even measurements indicating important facts of the case such as the speed a vehicle was traveling.
It is also not uncommon during the discovery process for the plaintiff to receive a medical examination by a doctor chosen by the lawyer for the defendant. During this process, an attorney can collect the facts of the case, understand the laws, and be able to apply those laws to any specific case.
Interrogatories often intimidate injured parties when they first hear of them because they imagine being in a small room with a detective or other lawyer who is questioning them. But that is not what interrogatories are in personal injury law.
Instead, these are simply written questions the plaintiff must answer. Typically, they are very basic and allow the court to become more familiar with the case. The questions will deal with the specifics of the case including how the accident occurred, the injuries the individual sustained, and the expenses such as medical expenses and lost wages the person incurred because of their injury.
In addition to the interrogatories, the plaintiff must also appear at a deposition. During this deposition, the plaintiff and defense attorneys will ask many of the same questions the individual answered in the interrogatories, although they will most likely include other questions and specifics as well.
Depositions can be intimidating for the plaintiff. They will likely be worried that they will say the wrong thing or otherwise hurt their case. There is no need for this concern, however. An attorney can help the plaintiff prepare for the deposition and inform them of what to expect during it.
The last pre-trial step is arbitration. This is a hearing in which an objective arbitrator will hear the perspectives of all parties involved before deciding whether the plaintiff should receive damages. If an arbitrator decides the plaintiff has a strong case, they will also determine the amount of damages to award.
But this arbitration is not binding, which means the plaintiff does not have to accept the award if they believe they could get more at trial. The plaintiff and defendant also have 30 days to determine whether they want to accept the arbitrator’s decision. If they decide not to accept the amount, a trial date will then be set.
There are many steps to follow before any personal injury case goes to trial. It is a long, intimidating process that is difficult for anyone to navigate but may be especially difficult for personal injury victims.
An injury lawyer in Cumberland County can be a great help throughout the entire process, which is why those who suffered injuries should seek the advice of a qualified attorney before filing their personal injury claim.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
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My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
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I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.
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