OVERVIEW OF A CIVIL LAWSUIT continued TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED 8 This is when plaintiff and defendant will try to resolve the case through a court supervised settlement conference, private mediation, or both. SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS This occurs if settlement discussions have failed and the parties must gear up to present the case at a trial in front of a judge and jury inside of a courtroom. TRIAL PREPARATION This is when your case is presented to a jury in a court of law before a judge. It consists of jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations of plaintiff, defendant, lay witnesses, and expert witnesses, closing arguments, jury deliberation, and the verdict. This will mark the end of your case under most scenarios. TRIAL This is when either side has an opportunity to review the trial and determine if there are any appealable issues or need for post-trial motions. POST-TRIAL MOTIONS OR APPEALS TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 • DominguezFirm.com