When the injury is caused by someone else's negligence, it is important to consider legal action. 

The first stage of a personal injury lawsuit is the pre-trial stage. 

After the pre-trial stage, the next stage is the discovery phase. 

The goal of the discovery phase is to uncover all relevant information about the case and to prepare for trial.

Once the discovery phase is complete, the parties may engage in mediation. 

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, called a mediator which  helps the parties reach a settlement. 

Settlements are often reached during mediation and can be a quicker and less costly alternative to trial. 

The trial is the final stage where both parties present their case to a judge or jury. 

It is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer  which will be on your side to guide you through the process. 

A personal injury lawsuit typically includes several stages, including the pre-trial stage, discovery phase, mediation and settlement, and trial.