If a judge permits a lawsuit to go forward, a plaintiff may sue for excessive force. Unlike a criminal trial, you do not have a right to an attorney. Civil cases are optional, unlike criminal cases. Due to the complexities of the law, it is, therefore, advisable to obtain an attorney to handle your case. An experienced legal team will have the knowledge and expertise to handle personal injury cases.
Once a court dockets the case, the trial process will begin. There is a period of discovery where you will likely give a deposition to the opposing side. A deposition is under the penalty of perjury, but your lawyer may be present during it. Parties exchange documents and information and a court date is set. After the party hashes out initial issues in front of the judge, the case goes before a jury of your peers. Some parties opt for a trial before a judge. Prepare yourself for this possibility.