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Posted by on Feb 16, 2020 in Civil Lawsuit | 0 comments

What Does It Mean to File a Civil Lawsuit?

Civil lawsuits are court cases that aren’t criminal. In a civil lawsuit, one party with a grievance against another party brings that issue to the court. Then, the party that is deemed responsible for the damage – whether that be physical, emotional, or monetary – has to face repercussions for it. Usually, this is in reference to monetary compensation. Civil lawsuits may be about things like divorce, breaches of contract, or injuries sustained during a workplace accident. 

It came as no surprise to me to learn that the most prevalent type of civil cases are family law. Many more people will have interactions with the legal system through their divorces, adoptions, or custody battles than anything else, so it makes sense that family law would make up nearly half of all civil case filings. 

Tort law can really be simplified to mean “personal injury” law. Despite the high number of billboards and commercials advertising personal injury lawyers, there are far fewer tort cases than family law cases in the courts. Personal injury cases can revolve around a number of situations, including:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accidents
  • Defective products
  • Workplace accidents

Generally, someone may feel they have a case to bring to court if they were injured because of the negligence of another party. Negligence refers to someone’s careless or reckless actions, or sometimes their inaction. In a nutshell, someone has a chance of winning a personal injury claim if they got hurt because the negligent party didn’t do what they were supposed to do.

People can be hurt doing all sorts of things. If you go to a personal injury lawyer’s website, you might be surprised by the huge number and range of cases they represent. The Law Office of William J. Luse, for example, represents clients who need help after the following:

  • Bus Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip-and-Fall Accidents
  • Rideshare Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Toxic Mold
  • Wrongful Death

Most of us probably never spare a thought toward “toxic mold,” but for the few who are affected by it – and other unfortunate accidents – finding a lawyer to help them out after their accident can be a serious matter. Medical bills for people who have had bad accidents are always astronomically high. Sometimes, the only way they can avoid being in deep debt is by hiring a lawyer to help them get compensation from the negligent party.

Hopefully, most of us will never have to deal with the aftereffects of toxic mold, but it’s a good thing that if we ever do, we have options. Because civil cases are so much more prevalent than criminal cases, there are plenty of lawyers who are experienced in tort and family law.

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