What Does Your Lawsuit Notice Do For You?
You have likely heard the term “plaintiff’s lawyer” at some point in your research into filing a lawsuit. A plaintiff’s lawyer is the person or firm who will be representing you in court and assisting you in the lawsuit process. A lawsuit is a lawsuit filed against another person, business or government entity on behalf of someone who believes they have been injured through no fault of their own. There are many different types of lawsuits and there are many different types of lawyers. If you find yourself wondering who will be representing you in your lawsuit, it may be helpful to learn about the basics of how a lawsuit is processed and by knowing a bit more about a plaintiff’s lawyer.
First, you should know what a lawsuit notice is. A lawsuit notice is a document that tells you that your lawsuit has been filed and informs you of the lawsuit process. It will tell you when and if you are supposed to receive a court date and it may tell you how much money you will be entitled to and what your preliminary hearing date will be. Depending on the type of lawsuit you are filing, your lawsuit notice may tell you nothing else and may say absolutely nothing at all. If your lawsuit notice is “non-public”, this means that it will not be publicly listed in your local Yellow Pages or newspapers. If a lawsuit notice is public, it will appear in the public courts and will be listed in court schedules and court publications.
The next thing you should know is what type of information is considered confidential during a lawsuit process. In California, information considered confidential is generally considered protected medical advice. For instance, a doctor could write a standard form for a lawsuit and include information about your case with your doctor’s name completely intact. In fact, a plaintiff’s lawyer will often request that physicians’ names be omitted from any medical forms used in the lawsuit as well.
Also, your lawsuit notice will state what your personal injury damages will be. This should also be noted on the lawsuit notice because it becomes your “damages”. However, you must note that a damages calculator is not included with every lawsuit form; therefore, you will need to calculate your damages yourself. You should also know what is your individual “worth” as a result of the lawsuit process. Note that different lawsuits have different formulas for calculating individual worth. This formula is especially important when the case involves catastrophic personal injury.
Last, but certainly not least, you should make sure that your lawsuit notification company makes all of the deadlines that you should be aware of. Not only are there a number of deadlines associated with the entire lawsuit process, but there are also other deadlines related to the initial filing of the lawsuit, discovery, settlement, trial, etc. Your notice will help you know when to make these deadlines and will also help you keep track of them.
While the lawsuit process can be a daunting one, with its many details, it can also be easy if you hire the right legal representation. Note that this does not mean that you should do without legal representation; rather, it simply means that you should ensure that you are using the services of a reputable lawsuit notification service. You can easily search online to find lawsuit notification services and their websites. If you are unable to find any information on them, it is also advisable to ask people you know for recommendations.