In our last article, we discussed some of the most important legal terms for anyone to know. Most of those terms were comprehensive legal terms that are used in every practice area of law. In this article, we will be getting into personal injury terms that are also important to know. Legal jargon can be hard to keep up with at times, which is why we have compiled a list of words and phrases that will help you understand better. Continue reading to learn about some specific personal injury terms that will likely be helpful for you to know.
Important Personal Injury Terms To Know
The term refers to the process of resolving a case outside of court. The arbitration process usually includes parties negotiating using an impartial arbitrator. Arbitration is used in many different kinds of cases but is an extremely common option in personal injury cases. Arbitration is similar to mediation, settling, and negotiation.
Assumption of Risk
Assumption of risk is when a person voluntarily puts themselves in a situation where they could be in danger of injury. When someone signs a waiver before doing an activity, they are assuming risk and are responsible for any injuries that are sustained while doing the activity.
Damages include compensation that is paid to cover an injury, medical expenses, property expenses, or an injured person’s lost wages that were caused by another person’s negligence. Damages are usually paid in cash settlements. There are two types of damages: compensatory and punitive damages.
An expert witness is a type of witness that has expertise in a field that is relevant to the case. An expert witness’s testimony is used in a trial to support a certain party’s case.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium is a personal injury term that refers to the damages that are paid to a person whose spouse was lost in a car accident or other type of accident. The damages are indended to make restitution for the individual’s loss of companionship.
This term refers to negligent actions performed by a medical professional (including a doctor, surgeon, nurse, etc.) that did not meet the established standard of care, that led to a patient’s injury or death.
A testimony is spoken or written evidence that is given by a witness under oath during a trial or deposition. This is a personal injury term, but is also used in many other fields of law.
Workers’ compensation is provided by a person’s employer after the person has been injured on the job. Workers’ compensation can be awarded for injuries or for illness that happen due to a person’s work conditions.
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