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What happens when I am sued?

Everyday thousands of lawsuits are filed across the county and in the Common wealth of Massachusetts.  Typically, you first learn you have been sued when you are served with a copy of a Summons and Complaint by a judicial officer.  After receiving a Complaint, you should review it carefully and consult with an attorney experienced in litigation.  Depending on the type of the lawsuit, you may need to send a copy of the Complaint to your insurance company.
Shortly after receiving the Complaint, your attorney will file an Answer outlining your defenses to the lawsuit, as well as any counterclaims that you against the plaintiff, or cross-claims against co-defendants.  The case then enters the discovery phase, during which the parties make requests for information and take depositions to learn more about the case.  Once the parties are satisfied with the information they have received and have evaluated the merits of the case, the parties often try settle the matter.  The vast majority of cases reach are resolved by settlement negotiations, including some form of alternative dispute resolution like mediation, arbitration, or case evaluation.
If the case cannot be settled, the court schedules it for trial and the matter is presented to a judge or jury.  It is critical that during all stages of litigation you are represented by an experienced trial attorney.If you have been sued, or need to sue, you should consult with one of the experienced Massachusetts Litigation Attorneys at Doherty, Ciechanowksi, Dugan & Cannon to guide you through the litigation process and insure your rights are protected.