In various circumstances, you may turn to the appellate court to further litigate your personal injury claim. The general function of an appellate court is to correct errors made by trial courts, rule on legal questions that courts have not previously addressed or decided, and ensure uniformity on similar questions of law throughout the court system. An appellate court will review any rulings made by a trial judge or jury, and determine whether those rulings should be upheld or reversed. Either party can ask the appellate court to review the case. While there are exceptions, appeals of personal injury cases usually involve reviewing the damages award to see if it is reasonable, or other legal questions and rulings that the trial court made in the case.
There is a limited amount of time in which you can appeal a decision by a trial court to an appellate court. If you miss this deadline, you will lose your right to appeal the court’s decision. Everyone has the right to have a decision reviewed by the Court of Appeals, but Supreme Court only will hear selected cases. Appellate courts primarily decide cases based on written arguments, or legal briefs, submitted by each party within certain timeframes. In some cases, however, the appellate court selects a case for oral arguments by each party to the case. This means that the lawyers for each side will present their cases orally to the judges assigned to the case, and answer questions from the judges about the different issues involved in the case.
At Boller & Vaughan, we know that suffering serious injuries in an auto accident or any other type of situation can be a stressful, emotional, physically painful, and financially draining event. Allow us to take some of the burden of this situation from you and your family by allowing us to handle your personal injury claim, which will allow us to work toward getting you the compensation that you need and deserve. As skilled Madison personal injury lawyers, we are here to help you through this ordeal from a legal perspective, while you concentrate on healing from your injuries and recovering from the financial impact of the accident.