Personal Injury Legal Jargon: What It All Means

  • May 19th 2016
  • Scott Patterson
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We all hear words in television courtrooms like, “Objection!” and, “Sustained,” but what about the words that actually make or break your case? If you’ve been in a situation where you’ve needed to be in a courtroom, you may already have an idea of what the legal wording sounds like, but if you’re like many who have never needed to be in courtroom, you may find yourself in over your head with all of the legal jargon.

If you find yourself in the midst of a personal injury claim, the first step is to seek legal advice. Atlanta area attorneys will be able to help you wade through all of the legal terminology, while also understanding all of the Georgia Laws. Understanding what is going on and being more informed is a way to further ensure you are able to make the best decisions in a situation that is not ideal. Here are some terms you should know:

Assumption of Risk: This is a defense to a personal injury claim. If the plaintiff has knowingly engaged in a situation that was risky, they have assumed that risk.

Damages: The compensation for a loss or injury. Typically, damages refer to monetary compensation.

Defendant: When a lawsuit is filed by a plaintiff, they file it against the defendant.

Expert Witness: In some court cases, a person who is knowledgeable in a relevant area may be called to testify.

Gross Negligence: When a party has recklessly disregarded another person’s safety.

Lawsuit: When one person brings a court action against another person.

Loss of Consortium: When an accident results in the death of a victim, that victim’s immediate family may seek money to compensate for loss of companionship.

Medical Malpractice: When a medical professional is negligent and that negligence causes a patient to be injured.

Negligence: If you fail to use reasonable care when someone else is injured.

Personal Injury Law: Emotional, financial and physical injuries caused by another party’s negligence.

Plaintiff: The party that files the lawsuit.

Settlement: When both parties in a lawsuit have reached an agreement.

Statute of Limitations: The deadline by which a lawsuit must be filed.

Call the Patterson-Cozzo Law Firm at 770-422-8840 for answers involving your Marietta personal injury claim.

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