If you lose your personal injury lawsuit, you will not be awarded any damages. This means that you will be responsible for paying your own medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injury. You may also be responsible for paying the defendant’s legal costs.
What happens if I owe money to the defendant?
If you lose your personal injury lawsuit and are ordered to pay the defendant’s legal costs, the defendant may try to collect the money from you. The defendant may be able to garnish your wages, seize your assets, or even file for bankruptcy against you.
What can I do if I lose my personal injury lawsuit?
If you lose your personal injury lawsuit, there are a few things that you can do:
- Appeal the decision. If you believe that the judge or jury made a mistake in your case, you can appeal the decision. However, appealing a decision can be expensive and time-consuming.
- File for bankruptcy. If you are unable to pay the defendant’s legal costs, you can file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy will protect you from the defendant’s collection efforts, but it will also damage your credit score.
- Negotiate a payment plan with the defendant. If you are able to pay the defendant’s legal costs over time, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan with them.
Is there anything else I should know?
It is important to note that even if you lose your personal injury lawsuit, you may still have other legal options. For example, if you were injured on the job, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you were injured by a defective product, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit.
If you have any questions about what to do if you lose your personal injury lawsuit, you should consult with an experienced attorney.
Here are some additional tips for dealing with the aftermath of losing a personal injury lawsuit:
- Don’t despair. Losing a personal injury lawsuit can be a difficult experience, but it is important to remember that it is not the end of the world. There are still other legal options that you may be able to pursue.
- Talk to your creditors. If you are unable to pay your medical bills or other debts, talk to your creditors. They may be willing to work with you to develop a payment plan.
- Seek counselling. Losing a personal injury lawsuit can be a stressful experience. If you are struggling to cope, seek professional counselling.
Remember, you are not alone. There are many people who have lost personal injury lawsuits and have gone on to live successful lives.
This article is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation.