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Personal Injury

automobile accidents

medical malpractice

slips and falls

defamation of character

injuries by defective products  

wrongful death


Additional Information:

Some A, B, C’s of Personal Injury Law

(frequently used terms and some of their common definitions)


A – assumption of risk - knowingly placing oneself in a situation which a reasonable person would understand might expose himself or herself to potential harm or danger


B – burden of proof - a duty, imposed by law on one party, to persuade a judge or jury of the merits of his or her position on an issue     


C – contributory negligence - negligence on the part of an injured person which in part contributed to that person’s own injuries


D – default - a finding of legal responsibility against a person because of his or her failure to timely respond to a claim or allegation


E – eyewitness - a witness who has actual knowledge of an incident because he or she was present when it occurred


F – forseeability - the likelihood that a given result could have been anticipated by a reasonably intelligent and aware observer


G – governmental immunity - the concept that governments can only be sued under limited circumstances codified by legal statute


H – hearsay - an out of court statement offered in court to prove a particular proposition


I – independent witness - a witness who has no personal or pecuniary stake in the interests of either party to a case in litigation


J – joint and several - applicable to each of two or more parties individually or to the group of them collectively


L – liability - actual or potential responsibility for some legal obligation


M – mistrial - a trial which has been terminated without a judgment or settlement of claims having been reached, often resulting in the need to hold another trial on the same issues


N – negligence - the breach of the duty to adhere to a standard of care which is deemed reasonable under the prevailing circumstances


O – offer - a proposal to settle a claim or dispute, often incorporating some compromise by each of the parties involved


P – permanent injury - an injury which, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, is not likely to be completely healed or resolved during the victim’s lifetime                


Q – quadriperesis - weakness of all four limbs


R – release - a document, signed by the victim of an injury or loss, in which the signer permanently surrenders his or her right to pursue his or her legal remedies


S – statute of limitations - a provision of law which sets a time limit as to how long a person claiming a legal right to certain relief has to file a lawsuit to vindicate that legal right


T – tort - a wrongful, or inherently dangerous act, either willfully or negligently committed, resulting in some harm or loss to another


U – uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage - insurance policy provisions which provide a source of compensation to the victim of an automobile accident who is damaged or injured by a driver who is uninsured or whose insurance policy limits are inadequate to cover the victim’s losses


V – vicarious liability - liability of one person for the willful or negligent acts of another based on the relationship between the two


W – with prejudice - termination of a legal claim by a judge or magistrate with the specific condition that the claim can never be raised again