The attorneys at Powell Law have litigated all types of personal injury cases over the years. During the course of a personal injury lawsuit, clients encounter various unfamiliar legal terms related to their case. Here is part three of a primer explaining a few of these terms (S-Z):
Settlement Mediation – A dispute resolution mechanism used to assist parties reach a settlement and avoid further litigation in court. A neutral third party mediates negotiations between the parties to assist them in reaching a mutually satisfactory final outcome.
Statute of Limitations – The time period in which a plaintiff must file a lawsuit.
Strict Liability – A legal theory imposing liability for certain acts regardless of fault or wrongdoing.
Summary Judgment – Available when there are no disputed material facts between the parties and one party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.
Summons – A legal document prepared by the plaintiff and issued by a court that informs a defendant of the lawsuit’s existence.
Testimony – Evidence given by a witness under oath during deposition or trial.
Tort – a civil wrong committed by a person that causes injury to another, thus creating a cause of action for damages.
Witness – An individual who testifies under oath during legal proceedings, including depositions.
Wrongful death – A type of action brought by a decedent’s family or beneficiaries to recover damages caused by a family member’s death.
For 110 years, Powell Law has litigated Pennsylvania personal injury actions in cases ranging from motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice. Consult the experienced attorneys at Powell Law. Contact us online or call (570) 961-0777. You don’t pay unless we win.