Need-to-Know Terminology for Personal Injury Cases
If you’ve ever been involved in a legal case, then you know the language that attorneys and other legal professionals use can be confusing and strange at first. Knowing what some of the key words and meanings are up front can help you get a better understanding of the legal process and how your personal injury case will be resolved. This will hopefully alleviate some of the stress regarding your case.
Some of the most important terms in regards to personal injury cases have to do with the fault of the other party and the reason you are entitled to compensation, or funds, for your injuries. Negligence is sometimes to blame and this is defined as the carelessness of another person or business that lead to an injury. Liability is often another reason for fault, and means that a specific person or business is responsible for what happens on certain property. In both cases, a standard of care is often determined, which is the degree that the other party should have handled their property or situation better.
During the trial and process itself, you, the claimant, are seeking compensation from the defendant, the other party. Your injuries, which were at the fault of the defendant, may have been caused by negligence or numerous other circumstances. Medical malpractice, the careless of a doctor, a civil rights dispute, the taking away or infringing of basic rights, hazardous exposure, or willful exposure to a dangerous substance, or many other reasons may be at the root of this.
Ultimately, your attorney will help you determine what is the best way to pursue a case. When in doubt, consult with your attorney and ask questions to gain a clearer understanding. We at the Franco Firm are here to help you every step of the way through your personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about us and to schedule a free consultation today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.