How Does a Lausdication lawsuit Work?
If you’re dealing with a Lausd lawsuit, you are probably aware of the legal wrangling that is behind it. First, there is the lawyer. Then there are the Discovery issues, depositions and so on. There are many other legal tangles that will need your attention before you will know if you have a case or not. Hopefully these suggestions will help you deal with them adequately.
First of all, you need to realize that the attorney general of your state may not have handled your case in the past. They do this as part of the process for serving notice of the lawsuit. In this way, they give themselves time to organize their resources so that they can better help you with your lawsuit.
This means that your lawyer might not be available right away – or at least you don’t need to expect that he will be. Usually attorneys will want to meet with their clients as soon as possible after the filing of the lawsuit. To make sure that this is so, set up an initial consultation appointment a week or two before the case goes to court. It’s also a good idea to arrange for a lunch meeting. Lawyers will almost always offer to meet one-on-one with you.
Of course, there will be cases where your lawyer isn’t available right away. If this occurs, or if you think it likely will, consider meeting with other local lawyers before your case goes to trial. Meet with a couple of them – at a minimum – and see what they can do for you. You may discover that one of them is better suited to your needs than another. Or you may learn that there is someone else who is better qualified.
A judge will issue a ruling on the lawsuit after hearing arguments from both sides. In cases where both sides are represented by the same attorney, the court will ask the attorneys to submit their arguments. (The clerk will print this out and keep it in the courtroom for future use.) Then the judge will read the court transcript and listen to the argument from both sides. He or she will issue a decision based on what he or she heard and read.
There are several factors which may influence the judge’s ruling. One factor is what kind of claim you’re filing: a wrongful death claim, a personal injury claim, or a case regarding the product’s defect. Another factor which may influence the decision is the strength of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s case. And finally, there is the issue of whether the statute of limitations has run out – in general, when the case should have been settled.