Taking Your Personal Injury Case to Federal Court: What You Need to Know

If you have been seriously injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you may bring the at-fault party to court in order to receive compensation for your damages. What you may not know, however, is that your simple personal injury claim may wind up in federal court.
For this reason, having a personal injury lawyer who is licensed to practice law in your state is not enough. Even if your claim seems relatively simple, you should seek an attorney who is qualified to represent you in federal civil court.
At Stewart Law Offices, LLC, our injury lawyers provide federal litigation services to get you the compensation you need and deserve. We stay involved throughout the entire process, and work diligently by your side to give you the best possible chance of winning.

How does a personal injury claim make it to federal court?

In order for a personal injury case to be held in federal court, “diversity of citizenship” must be established. In other words, the plaintiff and the defendant must reside in different states. In addition to diversity of citizenship, the case must allege $75,000 in damages or more. If both of these requirements are satisfied, a personal injury claim may be held in a federal court.

What should you do?

Just because your personal injury case can be held in federal court, doesn’t mean it should be. Consult with your personal injury attorney about whether they think you should file in state or federal court.
If you live in North Carolina or South Carolina, professional legal representation is just a phone call away with Stewart Law Offices, LLC. We handle all personal injury cases, including auto accidents, worker’s compensation claims, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and more. We will even visit you at home or in the hospital while you recover. Call us anytime for a free consultation at (888) 286-5600.


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