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.

Claims administrator

The term used by insurance companies and others involved in processing an injury compensation claim.
Auto accident cases: Claims administrators are generally employed directly by an insurance company and work to balance the interests of the insurance company against the interests of the person filing a claim.
Workers compensation cases: Generally, claims …

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Commutation

A judicial order by a workers’ compensation judge to allow a lump sum payment of part or all of your permanent disability award.

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Comparative Negligence

Comparative negligence: reduces the amount of damages a plaintiff can recover based upon the plaintiff’s own negligent contribution to the injury.

Pure comparative negligence:
Plaintiffs can recover some percentage from a defendant who is liable regardless of the extent of their own negligence.
Modified comparative negligence:
Plaintiffs are allowed a partial recovery just like …

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Contributory Negligence

Contributory negligence: is only followed in a few states and is not the law in Kansas. In tort law, contributory negligence bars recovery for an injury where a plaintiff had any fault whatsoever in contributing towards the cause of the injury.
Example 1: A plaintiff and defendant crash into each other …

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Cumulative injury (CT)

An injury caused by repeated events or repeated exposure at work.
Examples: hurting your wrist doing the same motion over and over or losing your hearing because of constant loud noise.

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Damages

Damages /dæmɪdʒs/
A monetary award to plaintiff, generally (but not always) measured by the injury suffered by the plaintiff. Damages are sometimes presumed, and sometimes must be proven through negotiations or in court.
Special damages: compensate clients for various out of pocket expenses.
General damages: compensate clients for pain and suffering. General damages may …

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Date of Injury

The date an accident occurred or the date you became ill. If an injury was caused by one event, the date it happened is the date of injury. If the injury or illness was caused by repeated exposures (CT: cumulative injury), the date of injury is the date you knew or should …

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De Novo

Beginning again; or starting over. Example: If an appeal is granted, a case may be sent back tried again, De Novo.

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Death benefits

Benefits paid to the surviving dependents when a work related injury or illness results in death.

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Defendant

The party opposing you in a dispute. The defendant will generally be represented by an insurance company, they may represent themselves, or use the services of another attorney.

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Case Results

  • $529,000: Workers Compensation
  • $4,000,000: Accidental Dismemberment
  • $1,600,000: Car Rollover
  • $3,540,068: SUV Rollover
  • $300,000: Recovery for a Shooting Victim
  • $250,000: Auto/Bus Collision

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The whole staff was wonderful to work with to get my Disability benefits. They were there gathering data as soon as it was requested. I would like to thank all of you for your help.

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Constance O.

I felt my case was handled with the utmost care and efficiency. Thank you for all your hard work on my behalf.

Dana P.

Would fully recommend this firm. They put me back where I was before the accident. And that meant oh so much to me. Thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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