THE DEFENDANT

 

The defendant in a personal injury case is the person who was at-fault for the injury. It is the defendant’s job to prove that he or she did not cause the accident. Or, they have to prove that even if they did cause the accident, that this did not result in your injuries. If they can prove one of these things, they will not owe you, the plaintiff in the case, compensation money. Your job in the case is to prove the opposite. You have to prove that the defendant is responsible for the accident. You have to prove that he or she acted with negligence and this caused the accident. This alone will not win your case. Also, you have to prove that the defendant is responsible for your injuries. You can prove they are responsible because of their negligence. If you can prove these things, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact With The Defendant

You will first have contact with the defendant in the case after the accident takes place. After the accident, you and the at-fault party should stop your vehicles.  You should exchange information. In addition to getting the defendant’s personal information, you should also get the information of their insurance company. You will have contact with their insurance company throughout this process. So, getting this information as soon as possible will be helpful.

Throughout the personal injury claim process, you will have some contact with the defendant. You and your personal injury lawyer might decide to depose the defendant. You can do this to fill in the blanks of the accident. While you will not be present for the deposition, your lawyer will be. You also might see the defendant in a settlement meeting. If your case goes to trial, you will see the defendant in court.

Facing The Defendant

It can be very difficult to face the defendant if you were injured in an accident that was their fault. You might be emotional about the experience. It can also be difficult if the defendant is denying their part in the accident and your injuries. Even though it might be hard, you should try to remain calm when you see the defendant. Try not to become emotional or yell at them when you see them during this process. It will reflect poorly on you to get upset, especially if this happens in court. Try to prepare yourself to see the defendant. Remain calm, even if they say or do things that upset you. While this is easier said than done, it will be a great help to your case for you to remain professional.

Hiring A Lawyer

Hiring a lawyer to deal with the defendant and the defense counsel can have many benefits. One benefit is having support when you have to see the defendant. In some cases, your lawyer can represent you in meetings. This is so that you do not have to see the defendant and deal with this difficult situation. If you think that you need the support of a lawyer at this time, you can contact our office for more information.