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New Lawyer Practice Series Part 3: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

The third part of our blog series entitled: Developing and Funding  a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice.

In this post we will take a look into developing systems for document gathering and file development and its importance through the various stages of litigation.

File Development and Progression

In our office, we have dedicated a lot of thought and energy to developing systems for document gathering and file development.  If you are running your law firm like a business you will realize that it is very important for files to move as quickly as possible through the various stages of litigation.  This is what your client wants and this is also in your best financial interest as all or nearly all of your retainers will be on a contingency basis whereby you are not receiving fees or recovering your disbursements until the case in concluded.  In the majority of injury cases, you will not be able to get an opinion on the prognosis for the future from a physician until two years has passed from the date of injury.  You should plan to have your case at discovery at or near the two year anniversary of the incident to allow you to set the case down shortly after discovery. 

 The document gathering process in motor vehicle litigation is essential.  The documents are essential to prepare the client for discoveries and avoid inconsistencies and credibility issues at trial. Productions also provide the building blocks necessary to obtain complete and consistent expert opinion.   Continue reading