An individual licensed to practices law.
Asserting a right in federal or state court that is the result of certain occurrences or facts which give rise to an action enforceable at law.
Payment based upon or dependent upon a party's successful resolution of the matter. These fees are generally based upon a certain percentage of the gross recovery.
A person, company or entity against whom someone brings a lawsuit.
The process by which parties learn or uncover information regarding a lawsuit through written questions, "interrogatories" and oral depositions before trial.
The finding of a parties fault.
A lawsuit or the process by which a lawsuit is carried out, generally in a court of law.
A physician's deviation from the applicable standard of care which a similar physician would exercise under the same circumstances.
A deviation from the standard of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under the same circumstances.
When a person is wrongfully injured by the negligent or intentional conduct of a wrongdoer.
The person or family, estate or guardian of a person injured who brings a lawsuit against a defendant.
Liability of landowners or those who are responsible for maintaining the property for activities or conditions occurring on the land.
Liability of a manufacturer or seller of a defective product for any injuries or damages suffered as a result of the defective product.
Prior to a verdict at trial, all parties agree to "settle" the lawsuit in favor of accepting an agreement made outside of court, usually in the form of money.
An area of law that provides a remedy to all parties who are injured as a result of a civil wrong.
Latin for a true declaration. The formal decision or finding of a jury or a judge. A verdict, if in favor of the plaintiff, also includes the amount to which the plaintiff is entitled.
When a person's death is caused by the negligent or intentional act of a wrongdoer.