Common Legal Terms

Are you thinking about filing a personal injury, product liability, or wrongful death lawsuit in California?

If so, you’re probably researching legal services near you. Complicated legal jargon can make that research feel overwhelming, especially if you don’t have experience with legal cases. 

The truth is, you don’t need to be a lawyer to understand what’s happening with your case. It’s actually a lot simpler than you might think. To clear things up, here are a few common legal terms that you’ve probably read:

Regarding your case

Before you consult with your accident attorney, you should have a basic understanding of these terms: 

Claim: A claim, as opposed to a charge, is not an accusation of a crime, but a statement of how much relief (compensation) you deserve for a wrongdoing. 

Negligence: In a lot of personal injury cases, negligence has to be proved. That means that the individual or company responsible blatantly disregarded a law or guideline, leading to your injury. 

Parties: Not the fun kind! In a legal case, a party refers to the plaintiff or defendant — in other words, you (or the minor you are representing), and the negligent person or company who caused your injury. 

Types of cases

If you’re trying to figure out what kind of legal case your situation falls under, consider these definitions: 

Personal injury: A personal injury case involves a serious injury caused by an accident that wasn’t your fault, including accidents on someone else’s property, or caused by another person’s irresponsible actions. 

Injury to children: An injury to children lawsuit in California involves a minor (under the age of 18), who is represented by a legal guardian. 

Product liability: Product liability occurs when a faulty, broken, or mislabeled product leads to an injury. In this case, the manufacturer or seller may be held responsible. 

Want to learn more about common legal terms and what they mean for your case? Contact the best Lincoln injury lawyers for a free initial consultation.