If you’ve been injured in an accident, you will probably need to hire a personal injury lawyer. This can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know anything about the legal system! That’s why we’re here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss some basic legal terms that you need to know. We’ll also provide information on how to find a personal injury lawyer near you.
Defense – an Attorney who represents the party who is being accused of “fault” for the injury or accident will be a defense attorney. At Wilkerson, Jones & Wilkerson, we can defend you against false claims.
Prosecution – an Attorney who is trying to prove that the accused person is guilty is a prosecutor. If you are the victim of a personal injury, your Attorney will be the prosecution. At Wilkerson, Jones & Wilkerson, we’re ready to prosecute the at-fault party to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Negligence – this is the legal term for carelessness. When somebody is negligent, they fail to use reasonable care and someone gets hurt as a result. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Tort Law – Tort law has been called the law of wrongful injuries. It is the law that protects and compensates people who have been injured by negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts of wrongdoers. Tort Law seeks monetary compensation for these acts.
Alternative Dispute Resolution – this is a process that can be used to resolve disputes without going to court. Some common methods of alternative dispute resolution include mediation and arbitration. At Wilkerson, Jones & Wilkerson, we have decades of experience handling alternative dispute resolution if this is your desire.
Discovery – This is the formal process of exchanging information between the parties about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial. Discovery enables the parties to know before the trial begins what evidence may be presented. (American Bar Association).
Subpoena – A written order issued by a court that requires a person to testify or produce certain physical evidence that is relevant to a legal case. This may include staffing records, medical records, driving records and more.
Civil Case – a civil case happens between individuals and/or businesses. A civil case usually begins when a person or organization determines that a problem can’t be solved without the intervention of the courts. One party generally files a claim in court against another party, which starts the legal process.
Criminal Case – criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It covers all aspects of crime, from prevention and detection to punishment and rehabilitation. Criminal cases involve allegations of criminal behavior by one or more persons. The state (government) prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of society.
Understanding legal terms will help you understand the basis for your legal matters. At Wilkerson, Jones & Wilkerson, we work to make sure you’re taken care of every step of the way. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Call us today at 803-324-7200 or visit fcwlaw.com for your FREE case evaluation. Wilkerson, Jones & Wilkerson is a personal injury law firm based in Rock Hill, SC. We serve clients in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster and Union areas and beyond.