The Steps of a Civil case
You need a lawyer to help you when you are demanding compensation for the damages that the negligence of another party has caused. Here are the steps involved in a civil case.
You need to file a complaint. In the complaint you explain how the defendant caused harm to you, why you are seeking for compensation and why the local court has the power to pass judgment over the case. The defendant is given a chance to counter the complaint that the plaintiff has made. The defendant will explain why the complainant is wrong about the events, things that triggered the events to happen or the legal basis that the plaintiff is standing on to make file the compliant. The defendant can claim for compensation from the plaintiff by filing a counterclaim to create a two-way battle case.
The two parties have to build a case hence they should search for evidence after the complaint has been filed. The plaintiff and the defendant are allowed to interview the witnesses but only in official depositions. The defendant and the plaintiff are them obligated to share the evidence that they have gathered and their arguments. When one party finds evidence that I more convincing than the evidence of the other party or both parties cannot keep up with the costs of the case, the case is settled at the discovery stage.
The parties have to present their witnesses, pieces of evidence, and arguments before the judge if the case goes to trial. The case may be settled within a shorter time or drag for a longer time than you expected and the jury is unpredictable hence taking the case to trial is a huge risk The judge will rule out who is at fault, the compensation amount (based on the financial ability of the person), how much the person is at fault and the monetary value of the damages.
You have the right to appeal the judgment when you lose the case, and you are not satisfied with the ruling. The appellant court may decide to hear your case when you appeal to that the ruling should be overturned, or they can decide that the ruling stands. You have the right to appeal the judgment under the conditions that a there was a technical or a legal mistake if the other party made a mistake when filing the lawsuit, or the jury was biased. When you appeal the judgment, you may have to wait for a few more months before the ruling is passed. You can choose to settle the case instead f taking it to trial but when you are not getting fair compensation is it brave of you to take the case to trial and seek justice.