File Your Complaint
Complaints start the lawsuit. Complaints present the key facts of your case, what caused your injury, and what you have gone through. You will be listed as a Plaintiff, and the party you allege as liable will be listed as a Defendant. Complaints must be filed within the statute of limitations. In Texas, a person who has suffered a personal injury has two years from the date of the accident to file a complaint.
Serve the Defendant
Upon filing a complaint, the court will issue an official notice to the named parties. This notice is called a summons. Summons are legal documents used to notify the correct defendant that a lawsuit has been filed. Not serving the proper defendant can ruin your case. If you fail to serve the summons on the proper defendant or defendants and return the summons within the applicable statute of limitations, the court may dismiss the entire case. You can trust Arash Law to handle each step with care.
Wait for the Defendant to Answer the Complaint
The defendant has an opportunity to respond to the claims in your petition in their answer. After being served with the complaint, the defendant has 20 days to file an answer with the court. If no response is received, you can win by default. A default judgment is a procedural decision made by a court to keep civil cases moving.
Investigating your case begins with discovery. During this process, the plaintiffs and defendants exchange documents, such as police reports, medical records, corporate communications, witness statements, and other items related to the event or injury. Arash Law possesses the knowledge to force the other side to follow discovery rules. By doing so, you are protected from unnecessary intrusion into your personal information.
Your Injury Attorney May File Pre-trial Motions and Start Settlement Negotiations
Once the details have been gathered, we will move to the pre-trial phase. Many motions can be filed during the pre-trial phase. Motions can sometimes resolve a case before trial. You may accept a settlement offer, enter mediation, or seek arbitration during this phase.
We have decades of experience helping our clients during the pre-trial and settlement negotiations phase at Arash Law. We will guide you towards the best outcome possible.
If your case does not resolve through an acceptable settlement offer, you can expect your case to go to trial. Both sides will have a chance to present their arguments, give evidence, and have the matter settled by the court.
The legal process is new to you. You are unfamiliar with the court system. Arash Law can assist you in accomplishing your goals. Your case will be given the careful attention and thorough evaluation it deserves by our San Antonio personal injury attorneys.
Recovery may only be possible once. An experienced San Antonio personal injury attorney can help. Contact Arash Law today to get started.