How to File a Lawsuit
If you are unable to resolve a dispute, you may be able to find resolution by filing a civil lawsuit. Because most non-attorneys do not know how to file a lawsuit or build a credible case, seeking help from a lawyer is always advisable. Personal injury attorney Joe Horrox provides counsel and representation to victims of negligent and wrongful acts in the greater Daytona Beach, FL, area.
Joe Horrox has more than 30 years of litigation experience, representing plaintiffs seeking restitution from private parties, insurance companies, and business entities. Our firm offers contingency representation, which means we do not receive legal fees unless you receive a settlement or courtroom recovery. To schedule a free consultation, please call (386) 258-2121 or contact us online.
Steps for Filing a Civil Lawsuit
Filing a lawsuit is a last resort, normally taken after all attempts to settle a dispute have failed. Every lawyer will first seek to negotiate terms, and many civil cases are resolved before they see a courtroom. Still, in many cases, settlement resolution is prompted by the filing of a lawsuit, which shows the opposition you are prepared to take the matter to court.
Most civil suits are filed in state court, but some cases must be filed in federal court. You must determine the right venue and ensure you have not missed the filing deadline, dictated by a statute of limitations for your particular civil action.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit, Joe Horrox and his team can provide you with the counsel and legal support you need to ensure the strongest case possible.
A lawsuit filed in civil court must contain several official documents, including:
- A civil cover sheet
- A summons
- A civil complaint
These documents outline the parties to the case and the specific reasons the case is being filed, and provide proof that you have properly notified (served) the defendant or defendants. You must also provide a filing fee.
The civil complaint is an important part of your lawsuit, summarizing the factual details of the case and your legal causes of action (such as negligence or breach of contract). This document, as well as the others, must be completed in a specific format that conforms to the rules of the court.
Help from a Qualified Attorney
Because of the complexity of the process (and the importance of accuracy and compliance to court rules), very few plaintiffs file their own lawsuits. A licensed attorney fully understands this procedure and the best way to present a persuasive case.
If you are considering filing a lawsuit, Joe Horrox can provide you with the counsel and legal support you need to ensure the strongest case possible. Joe Horrox is a rare attorney who works one-on-one with his clients and involves them in the legal process. He takes time to explain the case strategy, activity timelines, and reasonable expectations for results.
At Joe Horrox Law, you will always work directly with a lawyer rather than a paralegal. Whether for an auto accident, premises liability case, or social security disability denial, we will do all we can to help you.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule a free consultation with Joe Horrox, please call (386) 258-2121 today. We work with clients throughout the area, including Palm Coast and DeLand, and can meet you at our office, or, when appropriate, at your home or in the hospital.