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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.

Lemon

A car that continues to be defective after a reasonable number of attempts at repair, or after the car has been out of commission for a certain period of time. Under most state lemon laws, the owner has the option after arbitration or a lawsuit, of getting a refund or …

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Life Expectancy

The length of time a person is expected to live based upon factors such as: age, gender, health, etc.  To prove life expectancy in insurance claims and sometime in court, life expectancy will be based on actuarial tables or by offering proof from economists, life planners or other expert witnesses.

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Loss of Enjoyment of Life

A category of damages based upon a person’s reduced ability to participate in the activities or pleasures of life that were formerly enjoyed.

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Mandatory settlement conference (MSC)

A required conference to discuss settlement prior to a trial.

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Mitigating Circumstances

Circumstances, that do not negate a defendant’s actions entirely, but show that show a defendant may have had grounds for acting or behaving in a certain manner.

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Modified work

Your old job, with changes made to accomodate a disability or injury.  If your doctor tells you that you are not able to perform the same job function and return to work, your employer is encouraged to offer modified work instead of displacement or vocational rehab benefits.

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Negligence

Negligence is not acting in a careful manner.  The legal standard is a “failure to exercise the degree of care a reasonably prudent person would use in the same situation.”
If a plaintiff is able to prove a defendant acted negligently to cause an injury, the plaintiff can recover damages.

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Negligence Per Se

If a defendant is required by law to do something that they fail to do, they may be held liable under “negligence per se.”
Negligence per se only applies when a law is designed to protect a class of people from a certain type of injury, a defendant who violates that law …

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Ordinance

Commonly, a regulation passed by a municipal legislative body.

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Pain and Suffering

Symptoms resulting from an injury which may vary person by person or by the extent of a victim’s injury.
Examples of how pain and suffering may take form include: physical and mental distress over an injury, agony or grief from the loss of a loved one, the difficulty processing a major …

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Case Results

  • $8,600,000: Auto Accident Judgment
  • $6,000,000: Negligence
  • $4,000,000: Accidental Dismemberment
  • $3,540,068: SUV Rollover
  • $3,000,000: Insurance Bad Faith Claim
  • $2,650,000: Vehicle Rollover Accident

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I was extremely satisfied!  The process was quick, fast and easy.  The staff always knew what was going on and were able to answer all of my questions.

-Angela I.

Awesome.

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Friendly Staff, quick responses to inquiries.

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