Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.
Law is a confusing conglomeration of legislation, precedents, rulings, etc. Lawyers go to eight years of college to help them understand the law, but even lawyers don't understand everything. They will specialize in one area of law—real estate, personal injury law, bankruptcy, criminal law, etc. When you have a court case, making sense of what is going on can be tricky. Hiring a lawyer for your personal injury case can help you understand things better, but knowing your way around the terminology is also important.
What Is a Tort?
The word might sound like a trendy new pastry, but tort is a key feature in a court case. It refers to an action that is not a crime but can still cause injury. If someone hurts you with criminal intent, then you take your case to a criminal court, but if you are hurt because someone was negligent or careless (as in a tort case), then you take your case to a civil court.
One of the most common torts you will deal with in a wrongful injury suit is negligence. Even if you were hurt because of someone else's actions, you may not have a case. You have to prove that they were careless and acted in a way that lead directly to your injuries.
Damages can be a confusing term. You might think it refers to the injuries you have received, but it actually refers to the money you will receive if your case is successful. In other words, if you prove your case is worthy of a settlement, a judge will decide how much money you are owed in damages to make reparations.
Burden of Proof
When you know someone has hurt you, you might think that your case is solid. However, the judicial system in this country is built around the assumption that people are innocent until proven guilty. Thus, the burden of proof lies with you, the plaintiff. A lawyer can help you to gather the evidence you need to make a case.
The more you understand about personal injury law, the better you will be able to make sense of and build your case. If you have been injured because of the actions of someone else, learning the terminology used in these types of cases can help you better communicate with your lawyer and understand what is being said during your court case. If you need more information on personal injury law, companies like Altizer Law P.C. can help.