Every case is unique; each has its own individual merits, strengths and attributes. But while the details may vary, they all tend to follow a predictable path from beginning to end. At Payne Mitchell Ramsey, we help clients understand the details, timelines and milestones that define their case, so they can proceed with greater clarity and peace of mind as to how their case will unfold.
Every case begins with a detailed client meeting. In this meeting we learn about the facts that brought the client to see us. We exhaust the client’s knowledge of the incident and the product or procedure involved. In this initial meeting, we also begin to understand the depth of the client’s loss and lay the groundwork for gaining a more detailed understanding of the legal damages.
First 30 days
Within the first month of the initial client meeting, we conduct an aggressive pre-suit investigation. We interview all key fact witnesses, and when appropriate take sworn statements. Many times, we hire liability and damage experts to help in the evaluation and analysis of the case.
We are generally ready to file the lawsuit within 45 days, if not sooner. By that time we have key witness positions solidified, experts hired and the case 90% ready to try. Now we’re ready to prepare the lawsuit and detailed written discovery questions.
An early and aggressive discovery plan involves filling in the gaps we could not close during pre-suit discovery. By relentlessly pursuing damaging documents and testimony at the onset, we are better able to resolve the case early on by settlement or trial. This allows our clients to put closure to a devastating portion of their lives, while also providing financial support as quickly as possible. Generally, the defendants have 60 days from the time we file the lawsuit to answer written questions and provide documents. The following few months are consumed with taking depositions (sworn statements) from witnesses and the opposing parties.
Our experienced lawyers will develop themes that will be woven throughout the trial presentation. Different ways to present the key evidence will be explored. Just as important, we will consider how to best address and explain the weaknesses in our cases. During this time we will also explore settlement options with the opposing party.
Final Trial Preparation + Trial
The weeks before trial involve the final decisions regarding the order and presentation of evidence. We also spend significant time and energy determining a juror profile. In developing this profile, we look for common backgrounds and characteristics of jurors that will be favorable and unfavorable to our case. We will also finalize the order and presentation plan for all of the evidence. This methodical approach allows for a seamless, persuasive presentation of evidence at the trial. Trials usually last 1-2 weeks for most cases. Exactly when a case gets tried depends on the judge and the court. For most cases, the trial will occur by 9 months to 15 months after the lawsuit is filed.
Todd was very compassionate, understanding, and worked diligently to assist me with my case. I would highly recommend him.Amy
Great experience with this firm. Very professional, responsive, and available to talk and listen. I highly recommend.Rich S
I had a great experience with this firm. They are very professional, responsive, and are always available to talk and listen. I would highly recommend.Richard S.
Andy Payne and his staff were extremely compassionate from our initial meeting all the way through to the conclusion of our case and even afterward. They kept us completely informed during the entire case and were available literally anytime we had questions. Andy won our case substantially, and we could not recommend anyone more suitable to handle a case of negligence, wrongful death, or injury.J.K.D.
Quality lawyers, quality staff. They won’t be out worked by opposing counsel on the issues that shape the case as it is applied to the law. Equally important, the legal community respects their work product, intellect and candor.Carlos C.