b'CASE RESOLUTION PROCESSThe timeline of a personal injury case can be complex and emotionally draining. At the Richard Harris Law Firm, we have a proven Case Resolution Process to ensure our team is communicating and preparing you for each stage and the best possible settlement.RESOLUTIONThe case resolves by exchanging a written release of all claims for a settlement check.FINISHDISTRIBUTIONSHOULD I SETTLE? Settlement funds are distributed from the personal injury lawyers trust account.YESNO RESOLUTION DISTRIBUTIONLITIGATION ADJUDICATION Litigation begins withWhen the parties cannot the plaintiff suing thereach a settlement, the responsible parties, thecase proceeds to trial and is defendants. decided by a judge or jury.LITIGATION ADJUDICATION COORDINATION PREPARATION Case managers andMany settlements come paralegals work withonly after a considerable the lawyer on the case.amount of time and moneyhave been spent preparing for trial.COORDINATION PREPARATIONPRODUCTION MEDIATION There are severalBoth parties can agree phases of discovery,to mediation, which is including thenegotiation facilitated by production of writtena neutral third party. documentation by both sides.PRODUCTION MEDIATION DEPOSITION EXAMINATION ARBITRATIONDEPOSITION EXAMINATION ARBITRATIONThe lawyers take depositionstesti- The defendants insuranceA case may be submitted to mony under oathfrom parties andcompany has their doctornon-binding arbitration and witnesses. examine the plaintiff. if both parties agree to the decision, the case settles. 172015 REACHINGOUT-CURRENT.indd 15 12/10/15 10:42 AM'