"Not all legal disputes need to have a lawsuit filed. Many cases can settle with the adverse party or their insurance company prior to filing suit. However, I have learned over the years that the lawsuits that settle for a fair amount for clients are the cases in which the attorney is prepared for trial. If your case needs to be filed as a lawsuit, you can rest assured that I will aggressively prepare the case for trial and proceed to a jury trial if the case is not settled to your satisfaction."
Sheadyn R Rogers, President of Rogers Law Firm
Whether you are injured in an automobile accident, eighteen wheeler accident, motorcycle accident, work related accident, or other type of accident, one of the best steps you can take is to hire a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer to represent you. If your case can not be settled prior to filing a lawsuit, you will need an experienced trial attorney to file a lawsuit on your behalf and fight the other party, their insurance company, and their attorneys in order to seek justice on your behalf.
Civil litigation can often be an expensive and lengthy process for all parties. Rogers Law Firm accepts personal inury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that there are no fees unless you recover with respect to your case. If the case is settled or a recovery is awarded at trial, you pay Rogers Law Firm a percentage of the gross recovery for attorney's fees. With respect to the case expenses, such as court costs, filing fees, court reporter's fees, expert fees, etc., Rogers Law Firm advances all such case expenses and only asks for reimbursement of such case expenses after the adverse party pays you a settlement or award. Again, if you do not win your case either through settlement or trial, you are not obligated to pay attorney's fees or reimbursement of case expenses. All of these terms are presented to the client in a written employment agreement when the client first retains the law firm.
The first step in civil litigation is the filing of a lawsuit in County Court at Law, State District Court, or Federal District Court. The next step in to serve the lawsuit on the opposing party typically by hiring a private process server or the sheriff to hand deliver the lawsuit and citation to the adverse party. The adverse party then has a time deadline in which to file a written Answer to the lawsuit. If the adverse party fails to file a written Answer to the lawsuit, the plaintiff may take a default judgment.
After the adverse party appears in the case by filing an answer, the parties engage in the discovery process to gather evidence such as documents and to learn facts in the case such as the opposing party's claims and defenses. The discovery includes written discovery such as interrogatories (written questions addressed to a party), requests for the production of documents, and requests for admissions. In personal injury lawsuits, written discovery typically includes the production of documents such as medical records, medical bills, lost wage information such as check stubs and tax records, photographs of the accident and injuries, police reports, cell phone records and driving history records.
After written discovery is exchanged, typically parties engage in depositions of witnesses. This process requires each witness to provide sworn testimony under oath typically with a court reporter transcribing the testimony. The testimony can be used as evidence during the trial. Depending on the size and complexity of the lawsuit, some lawsuits require only a couple of depositions and others require many depositions of witnesses.
After all the discovery is completed in the lawsuit, the case proceeds to a bench trial (where the judge makes all the rulings and decisions) or a jury trial. A jury trial includes voir dire (the selection of the jury), opening statements by the attorneys, the evidence stage where documents are offered into evidence and witnesses testify under other, and closing arguments.
Your chances for success at trial greatly increase if you have an experienced trial attorney on your side who is experienced with your type of case. For example, if your lawsuit involves personal injury such as an automobile accident, 18 wheeler accident, motorcycle accident, boating accidents, premise liability, oil field accident, construction accident, or work related accident, you should strongly consider hiring a trial attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. This decision ensures that your attorney is a specialist in the field of personal injury.
Sheadyn R Rogers is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has the knowledge and expertise to effectively handle your personal injury lawsuit. Rogers Law Firm represents clients in lawsuits involving the following legal matters:
Consumer and Civil Litigation
- Breach of contract
- Insurance claims (homeowner's and commercial claims)
- Unfair business practices
- Business disputes
- Breach of implied and express warranties
- Violations of Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act
Personal Injury Litigation
- Personal injury
- Product liability
- Automobile accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Eighteen wheeler accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Premise liability cases
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Work related accidents
- Oil Field accidents
- Jones Act and maritime accidents
- Wrongful death accidents
If your legal dispute has risen to the level of civil litigation, call Corpus Christi attorney Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm today at (361) 356-6057 or fill out the law firm's consultation request form for expert legal help.