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04 Sep

Navigating the Appeals Process: SELPH LAW’s Approach to Personal Injury Case Appeals


The justice system can be a complex maze, especially when it comes to personal injury cases. Sometimes, a trial may not result in a desired outcome, leading to the necessity of an appeal. At SELPH LAW, a leading personal injury law firm in Columbus, Ohio, we stand by our clients even in such challenging times. Our experienced attorneys have a deep understanding of the appeals process and are prepared to navigate it diligently. This article explores how we handle appeals at SELPH LAW and offers an insight into what our clients can expect during this process.

Understanding the Appeals Process

An appeal is a request for a higher court to review and change the decision of a lower court. It’s not a new trial, but an examination of potential legal errors that might have occurred during the trial. The following steps broadly represent the process:

  1. Notice of Appeal: We begin by filing a Notice of Appeal, officially informing the court and the opposing party that we are challenging the decision.
  2. Record on Appeal: This step involves preparing and submitting the Record on Appeal, which includes the trial court transcript and all relevant documents from the case.
  3. Briefing: The heart of an appeal lies in the briefs. We submit an Appellant’s Brief outlining the reasons for the appeal, citing relevant laws and case precedents. The opposing party then responds with their brief, and we may reply with a final rebuttal.
  4. Oral Arguments: In some cases, the appellate court may request oral arguments. This is an opportunity to present the case directly to the judges, highlighting the key arguments from the brief.
  5. Decision: After reviewing the briefs and hearing the oral arguments, the appellate court issues its decision. This can affirm, reverse, or modify the lower court’s decision, or remand the case for a new trial.

Handling Appeals at SELPH LAW

At SELPH LAW, we understand that the appeals process is stressful and can be a last resort for many of our clients. Our approach is grounded in thorough preparation, meticulous research, and aggressive advocacy.

Analyzing the Case: Not every unfavorable decision can or should be appealed. We conduct a comprehensive review of the trial record to determine if there are viable issues for appeal. This analysis considers the potential errors that occurred during the trial and their impact on the outcome.

Developing a Strategy: Every appeal needs a well-thought-out strategy. We identify the strongest issues for appeal and focus on these in our brief and oral arguments.

Writing the Brief: The brief is a crucial component of an appeal. Our attorneys excel at crafting compelling, clear, and concise briefs that effectively communicate the legal issues to the appellate judges.

Presenting Oral Arguments: If oral arguments are required, our experienced attorneys present the case persuasively, reinforcing the arguments in the brief and responding to the judges’ questions.

Keeping Clients Informed: The appeals process can be long and complex. Throughout this process, we keep our clients informed about the progress of their appeal and what they can expect.


At SELPH LAW, we are committed to seeking justice for our clients, even when it means challenging a trial court’s decision. With extensive experience in personal injury law and a deep understanding of the appeals process, we are prepared to fight for you at every level of the judicial system.

If you’re considering an appeal in a personal injury case, reach out to SELPH LAW. Let us guide you through the complexities of the appellate process and strive for the justice you deserve.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a professional attorney for any legal decisions.

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