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New & Notes for Personal Injury Lawyers & Their Clients

"Tort" is not a Fancy Dessert

April 29, 2010 @ 02:28 PM — by Mark Johnson

For those of you that don’t know what a tort is (aside from a lavish dessert), a tort falls under the heading of personal injury law. The most common definition is that it’s a civil wrong/wrongful act that causes injury to another person. Generally speaking, personal injury cases happen when someone does something that physically hurts another. You should be aware that an injury may be any physical disability, pain or disease/illness that affects your health and well being.

One step up that ladder is another category, classified as serious bodily harm. This means an injury that increases your risk of death, causes a loss of a body part or organ and/or causes disfigurement. Further to the classification system of torts, there are intentional torts (done on purpose), strict liability torts (injury from defective products) and the tort of negligence (harm from the actions of another by not preventing the accident from happening). In all of these areas, people who have been harmed may file a personal injury lawsuit in any one of a number of areas such as: wrongful death, drug injuries, med mal, and nursing home abuse, dog bites, slander and libel, automobile accidents and slip and fall cases. In all of these instances, you will need the assistance of a skilled lawyer to help you get just compensation for your injuries.

The lawyer will deal with damages and liability; two issues that define a personal injury lawsuit. The damages will focus on the extent of your injury or loss: mental, emotional, physical, loss of wages, disability and other expenses related to the accident. Punitive damages may factor in here is the negligence was particularly willful or malicious.

If you have been injured in some way and speak to a personal injury lawyer about filing a lawsuit, you might also want to check out litigation funding. This is funding that is sent to you in advance – all it a lawsuit cash advance – of your court verdict or settlement. The amount you receive is based on the amount your lawyer files for in terms of compensation.

Legal finance cash advances allow you to handle all of your bills right away and be able to wait for a fair resolution to your case. Litigation funding is not for everyone, so ask questions and make a decision based on what feels right for you.

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