If you or a loved one has been involved in a dispute of some sort you might rush your judgment and try and sue them. But before you decide to go down this road there are certain things that you should consider.
Do you have a good enough case to bring in front of a judge? This might seem like it is glaringly obvious, but you have to be certain that you have a genuine legal standing before you try and take a lawsuit in front of a court of law.
Can you afford the time and money that filing a lawsuit is going to cost you? Lawsuits can sometimes be a long and drawn-out ordeal, and you will not be able to spend as much time at work or with your friends and family if you are involved in a lengthy lawsuit. You will want to make sure that you are dedicated enough to follow through with the time that you will be losing, and determine whether or not it will be worth it to you in the end.
Can you even afford to hire a lawyer? While some lawyers work on contingency fees, which is when they work the case and get paid after you have won, not all of them do. Filing a lawsuit can become expensive quickly when you add up the court fees, hiring the stenographer, and all the costs related to filing paperwork. And this doesn’t even include your attorney fees. So before you pursue filing a lawsuit, you should make sure that you are prepared for it financially.
Legal Lawsuit Rights
You will also need to make sure that you even have the right to sue someone. What that means is if you live in Ohio and you were injured at a store in New York you will probably not have the right to sue that store in Ohio. Meaning, you will have to go to New York again to file your lawsuit because your state does not have the authority to pass down judgment on another states resident like that.
Another thing to consider is if suing the person is going to be financially worth the trouble. If you are going after your neighbor for medical bills because their dog bit you, that is one thing. But if you are going after your neighbor because you slipped and fell on the sidewalk in front of their house, and you already know that they are having financial troubles, is it really going to be worth your time to sue, knowing in advance that they are not going to be able to repay the money?
Finding a lawyer to help you answer these questions is one of the first things you should do. They will inform you on whether or not you have a case. If they believe you do, then you can begin to ask them questions on how much you are looking at for legal fees, and if the lawsuit will even be able to be filed in your state.
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