Protecting Your Rights in Litigation – What Does this Mean?
Personal injury law firms often say they “protect the rights of clients,” but don’t discuss what rights in particular they are protecting. We thought it would be helpful to explain some of the client rights that we help protect when we are retained:
- Preserving your ability to seek compensation. All personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are governed by what is known as the “statute of limitations.” This is the time period by which a lawsuit must be filed after the injuring event took place (or was known about). If a case is not properly filed within the statute of limitations, all legal rights to seek compensation are lost.
- Taking all required action within the course of litigation. Throughout the course of litigation, there are important deadlines that must be followed; otherwise a case can be dismissed. Most of these deadlines are determined by statute.
- Preserving your ability to seek full compensation from all those who may be liable. Your case must be filed against all those who may be liable within the appropriate statute of limitations. If you file a lawsuit against one defendant on time but not another defendant who potentially may be liable, the second defendant may escape liability.
- Preserving and advancing all causes of action. There can be multiple claims and legal theories against defendants. In order to be able to recover, all legal theories should be advanced.
- Protecting you from the actions of opposing counsel. If you are not represented by legal counsel, the opposing lawyers can take advantage of you in many different ways, including using a variety of legal tactics that you may not know how to oppose. They do not need to treat you differently just because you have made a choice not to seek legal counsel. When we represent you, the attorneys for the other side may not contact you in any way – they must go to us.
These are only a few of the ways that we protect the interests of our clients. To learn more about how we can advance your case, please call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.