What to Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney

Posted on : April 1, 2016, By:  Mike Saltaformaggio

Mike Saltaformaggio and Seth Thompson are experienced personal injury attorneys at ‘Maggio Thompson, LLP in Canton, Mississippi. Some of the claims they handle include auto accidents, nursing home abuse, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice and pedestrian accidents. No matter what type of injury you have wrongly sustained, you owe it to yourself and your family to work with a personal injury lawyer at ‘Maggio Thompson, LLP. We provide free initial consultations, which means you can receive a professional case review with no obligation.

What is Personal Injury?

Unlike other Mississippi law firms that accept clients and then pass them on to junior staff, you will work with the same lawyer from the first consultation until settlement of your claim. Personal injury falls under the category of tort law and exists to compensate the injured party as well as hold the responsible party financially accountable for their wrongdoings. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be involved in criminal proceedings against the other party as well. However, our firm handles only civil cases.

Duties of a Personal Injury Attorney

The first step of any legal process is for the potential client and lawyer to meet together to discuss the case. After your first meeting with one of our attorneys, he will let you know if your case appears to have merit. If so, the next step is to prepare a personal injury lawsuit and arrange to have the other party served with notice. Since neither you, nor our lawyers, can legally complete this step, we provide the paperwork and place of residence of the other party to a process server.

The person, group of people, or organization responsible for your injuries then has 30 days to respond to the claim. If a response is not received in that time, you win the case by default. You can expect the response to either be admission of responsibility and an offer to settle the lawsuit or complete denial of responsibility. In either case, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to proceed. Mr. Saltaformaggio or Mr. Thompson can work with the other party’s insurance carrier to ensure a fair lawsuit or fight for your right to fair compensation in a court trial.

We spend a large percentage of our time investigating client claims and gathering evidence that supports their version of events. This may include tracking down and interviewing witnesses, securing the expert testimony of medical professionals, or reconstructing the accident with the help of a specialist. We also draft pleadings, motions, and discoveries on your behalf. A pleading is a written statement by all parties in a civil lawsuit that contains a complaint, answer, and any counter-claims. Motions and discoveries are the exchange of information and documents during the investigation part of your case, also called the discovery. Your personal injury attorney may also spend significant time in legal research if your case is complex.

Lastly, and most importantly, we prepare for trial and advocate for your financial interests in court. Our attorneys present the evidence we uncovered during discovery and challenge the other party and his or her attorney so as to disprove their claims.

Schedule Your Consultation in Canton

Please contact us or complete a short form on our website to request a case review from a personal injury attorney. All of us here at ‘Maggio Thompson, LLP look forward to helping you.

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