Although you might be able to settle your case stemming from a maritime accident, there’s also a decent chance that you’ll have to fight in court for what you deserve. This means potentially taking your case to trial. Even if your case seems extraordinarily strong and is supported by ample evidence, you can’t sleep on the way your present your claim. This is because if you win your case there’s a decent chance that the other side will appeal the ruling.
Strengthening your case on appeal
You need to litigate your case to the court of appeals. This is because the court of appeals won’t hear more evidence pertaining to your case. Instead, it will simply assess the record that was created at trial. So here are some things you can do to make sure your case is as strong on appeal as possible:
- Make and properly respond to objections: A lot of appellate review is based on the law. If otherwise inadmissible evidence was submitted to the trial court by the other side and you failed to object to it, then it becomes part of the record, meaning that you can’t challenge it later on. You might also have to make certain arguments to preserve the issue on appeal if you present admissible evidence that is deemed inadmissible by the trial court after the other side makes an objection.
- Be holistic in your approach: There comes a point in every case where the victim thinks that he has enough evidence to win. Far too often, they then stop presenting evidence to support their claim. While this might lead to a victory at the trial level, it could jeopardize an appeal. Therefore, you’re better off presenting everything you have that supports your case.
- Know the law: At trial, you need your evidence to speak to the legal elements that must be met in order for you to win. The more you are able to do so, the more likely you are to maintain a win on appeal.
Don’t face your maritime law case on your own
Dealing with a maritime law case can be stressful and overwhelming, especially as you try to focus on your physical, emotional, and financial recovery. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone. Instead, you can work with an attorney who is adept in this area of the law who can help you build the case you need to maximize your chances of success.