you were involved in a car crash in california,and now you want to know about bringing a personal injury claim, but you donâ€™t knowwhat a personal injury claim entails. hi. iâ€™m frank nunes; iâ€™m a california personalinjury attorney practicing in the state of california. let me tell you what a personal injury caseentails. first and foremost, seek appropriate medicalcare, and after youâ€™ve done that, then contact somebody to conduct a thorough investigationof the facts. sometimes the initial determination as towhoâ€™s at fault and who wasnâ€™t at fault
or what was seen, what was heard and who didwhat are in dispute. this is where somebody like me can help you,because we go in and investigate the facts, the circumstances of the case to find outwhat really happened. and once weâ€™ve investigated those factsand we understand what happened, we gather all the information and we present that tothe other driverâ€™s insurance company. this usually begins a process of negotiationswhere we go back and forth. in my office, no case ever settles withouta clientâ€™s written permission to do so. if the case doesnâ€™t settle and a lawsuitbecomes required, then youâ€™ll be consulted throughout the entire stage of the lawsuit,from the initial filing of the summons and
complaint, all the way to to preparing thedocuments for trial. once a case is filed with a lawsuit, thenit begins the discovery process. this is a lot akin to the investigation process,but itâ€™s done in a more formal setting. the lawyers are involved. most of itâ€™s done in written sworn statementsor depositions or request for document or items or the other things to be produced andexchanged between the parties. but it still serves the same purpose and functionas the investigative phase. again, weâ€™re learning and confirming factsthat we know or may not already know so we can have a clear understanding of what actuallydid occur or what can be shown to have occurred.
finally, after the discovery stage is completeweâ€™ll have some attempt to resolve the case informally. there are many different vehicles for resolvingthe case informally. one of the most common vehicles is mediation. mediation is a process where both sides cometogether with a neutral third party. they discuss the things they can agree upon,the things they canâ€™t agree upon, they look at the pros and cons of each sides case, andthey come to a compromise â€“ it is hoped â€“ that fits both sides and resolves thecase once and for all. if the case doesnâ€™t resolve in mediation,then a case will set for trial.
once the case is set for trial, the partiesmust appear at a certain date and time before court to explain their version of the facts,and either the judge or the jury will decide who has proven their case to the appropriatestandard. why am i sharing this with you? i handle these types of cases all the time. you have questions; i have answers to thosequestions. i want you to call me at 559-436-0850. iâ€™m frank nunes, and thanks for watching.