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A lawsuit is a generic term for a legal proceeding through which two or more feuding parties can settle their disagreement by following well-recognized and respected processes. The venerable Black’s Law Dictionary defines a lawsuit as “an action instituted by one party to compel another to do him justice.”

A lawsuit encompasses more than simply the trial before a judge or jury. Typically, both sides spend many months preparing for the actual trial. Your attorney will investigate all of the relevant facts and circumstances surrounding your incident. In addition, from time to time your attorney will likely communicate with the opposing attorney in an attempt to settle the lawsuit before the trial commences.