Personal Injury Cases-How The Law Works

This segment of The Law and You informs about the stages involved in a personal injury case and how a qualified personal injury attorney will help you determine the strength of your case, often without cost to you.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, a recent question we received concerned how does a personal injury case work?

DON: Well, there are several stages in a personal injury case. First is the investigation, such as interviewing witnesses. The next step is when the case is filed in court. Then the discovery stage begins in which the attorney obtains information from the other side. After that, a settlement usually can be negotiated. If not, the case goes to trial. Rarely, there is an appeal.

JOEL: Well, when does a person know if they have a case?

DON: Many people wonder about this. A qualified Personal Injury attorney will be able to help you decide if you have a case. Most do not charge for their initial consultation. In two of our recent cases, families wondered if someone had been given the wrong medication by the pharmacy. You have to investigate the facts, but we learned that this prescription error was all too common.

JOEL: Thank you, Don. If you have a legal question or for a copy of “How the Law Works”, visit The Law and You is a public service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.​

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