Despite the best efforts of you and your attorney, you may not be able to reach an acceptable settlement with the other party. If this is the case, your attorney will advise you on your options. If you decide to proceed with a lawsuit, your attorney will explain the litigation process.
You will learn that after the lawsuit is filed, both sides will try to find out as much as possible about the other side's case. This process is called discovery. During discovery, you may have to give a deposition, where you will be asked questions under oath by the defendant's attorney. You may also have to submit answers to your attorney to interrogatories, which are written questions submitted by one party to the other to elicit information about the case.
After the discovery phase ends, you'll have a few options about how to proceed. You may be able to settle the case out of court, or you may end up going to court. In some states, you may be able to participate in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to settle your case. Your lawyer will be able to explain what options are available to you.