OVERVIEW OF A CIVIL LAWSUIT Most civil court cases in Los Angeles, Southern California, and throughout the state can last 12 to 18 months starting from the time you file your lawsuit until your case is scheduled for trial. All investigations, fact finding, gathering of evidence, strategy decisions, negotiations, and, if necessary, trial will revolve around proving liability and damages. In the civil justice system, the injured person or victim, known as the “plaintiff,” has the burden to prove both liability and the value of their damages. The legal standard to prove these things is known as “more likely than not,” and is a far lower standard than the criminal standard of proving guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is a very high standard of proof. which determines who is at fault (such as medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering). a dollar amount representing the harm done to you Liability Damages Throughout this guide, it’s important to keep in mind that each case is comprised of two main parts: TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED 6 TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 • DominguezFirm.com