Legal Dictionary

Legal Dictionary

There are a plethora of legal terms involved in your case. Our legal dictionary helps define terms that can become confusing from A-Z.


To pay a debt or claim.

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An resolution between two parties in a case. Generally a settlement involves one party foregoing litigation or stopping current litigation in exchange for a price. In the context of personal injury, a settlement usually involves payment from a defendant to a plaintiff, and the plaintiff agrees to release the defendant …

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Standard of Care

Acting as a reasonable person.
Ordinarily, the standard of care owed to a plaintiff under tort law is “acting in a manner a reasonably prudent person would use in the same situation.”
Children (18 and under): the law evaluates on a reduced level and considers a child of the same age and intellect.
Children …

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Standing means that a plaintiff has the right to pursue a legal remedy because they have suffered actual damages. A court will dismiss a claim if a plaintiff “lacks standing.”

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Statute of Limitations

The period of time a plaintiff is able to file a lawsuit. This time period varies depending on the type of claim and area of law the plaintiff is pursuing.
Example: The court will not allow a plaintiff to file a claim once the statute of limitations has expired.

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Strict Liability

A defendant may be held strictly liable for negligence if a plaintiff is injured by (i) an ultra-hazardous activity, so dangerous the activity is subject to strict regulation and licensing requirements; or in some cases (ii) activities of a defendant involving dangerous or exotic animals.

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To substitute one thing for another. Subrogation is common insurance law where a lawful claim may sometimes be substituted from one person to another.

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Survival Claim

A type of action brought by a person on behalf of a descendant’s estate, typically a child, spouse, or loved one. A survival claim is a legal claim that would have been brought prior to the death of the defendant and can be filed by family members or the executor …

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