The Steps of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injury

Personal injury


An attorney with more than three decades of experience, Ted Doran is a partner at the Doran Sims Wolfe and Ciocchetti law firm located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ted Doran’s firm manages cases in a variety of legal fields, including personal injury.

Personal injury cases are those in which the client was harmed in a motor vehicle accident or fall, or is the surviving loved one in a wrongful death situation. When an individual begins a personal injury or accident lawsuit, they often follow a number of steps similar to those of other cases.

– Meeting with an attorney. Both the plaintiff and the defendant may choose to acquire a lawyer, especially if the case exceeds the $5,000 limit of small claims court. The preliminary meeting will involve questions from the attorney about the incident, and their proposed advancement of the case.

– Filing of court papers. The lawyer will draft a complaint on behalf of the plaintiff. This document will be filed and the case will officially begin. Following this, a period of discovery is undertaken, during which time the lawyers on both sides of the case pursue all avenues relating to the incident that prompted the lawsuit.

– The case may be ended before it reaches a trial. Motions to resolve or dismiss the case, and settlement offers and negotiations, often result in the completion of a case before trial.

– Should the case go to trial, the date of the case could be months in the future, due to the heavy scheduling of the courts. A trial can be before a jury or before a judge only.

– Following a successful trial, the plaintiff may still require legal representation in the collection of the awarded amount. If the trial was not successful, the plaintiff–or the defendant–may choose to appeal.


FUTURES Foundation Opens Opportunities for Volusia County Students

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FUTURES Foundation


Florida attorney Ted Doran may be best known in his community for the multimillion-dollar court awards he has brought to the state, or for his efforts as a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, in 1985, within only a few years of earning his juris doctor, Ted Doran became one of the founding members of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County schools.

The primary goals of the FUTURES Foundation is threefold: facilitate greater involvement among the county’s public schools, communities, and local businesses; encourage and improve quality performances from school faculty and staff; and prepare students to join the workforce that will await them after graduation.

The first two goals are served by programs such as the FUTURES Mini-Grant, which funds enhancements to the curriculum with resources that cannot be provided by school budgets, and the Educator Intern system, which educates community leaders about the school system through on-site shadowing and invites suggestions from them in return.

Of course, the greatest emphasis is on uplifting students. For this, FUTURES offers the Take Stock in Children program for students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as in their civic duties. There is also the Turn Around program to recognize and encourage students who show marked improvement in their personal and scholastic growth.

The FUTURES Foundation is now celebrating 31 years of operation and boasts many more programs, continuing to advance the mission set down by its founders to ensure a quality education for the children of Volusia County.