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Personal Injury Case Timeline

Dallas injury attorney Michael Guajardo explains the personal injury case timeline and what you should expect when filing a personal injury case. While each case is different, the majority of personal injury cases follow a similar timeline that includes discover, depositions, case evaluation, mediation and more.

Case Evaluation

The first step in the personal injury case timeline begins with the case evaluation.  This starts when a potential clients contacts us to discuss their situation.  As always, this case evaluation is free of charge and there is no obligation to move forward.  During this time, look at the information provided by the victim and if it is something we can help them with, we will enter into a contract with them.  If it’s not something we can help them with as firm, we will often find another firm that handles that type of case or advise them as to other possible resources.


The discovery phase is one of the most important phases of a case. This is when we gather all relevant information about the situation and begin putting together our case.  This often involves  a lot of exchanging of written information between several parties and can often last 30 to 60 days.


Following the initial discovery is the depositions phase. In many ways, this is another type of discovery but involves face-to-face, videotaped interviews of all parties involved. Because of the number of people that need to be recorded to move forward, this period can take several months.

Mediation and More

Once the discovery and deposition steps of the personal injury timeline are completed, both sides will often take some time to re-evaluate their cases.  At this point, they have all of the information needed for them to make an informed decision on the case and what they should expect.  It is at this point that the case often goes to mediation.  During mediation, the two sides meet with a third-party mediator who tries to help the sides come to an agreement and avoid a costly and time-consuming trial. More often than not, cases will settle during this phase.

How We Can Help

Our Dallas personal injury attorneys have decades of experience handling personal injury cases in the DFW area and nationwide.  We have the experience, resources and creativity to build a case from the ground up, through the personal injury case timeline and are willing to take your case to trial if we agree it’s your best chance at justice.  If you feel that you may have a case, contact us today. As you can see, the timeline can take months, so the sooner you call, the sooner we can start you on the road to recovery.