What is a “Personal Injury” lawsuit?
“Personal injury” lawsuits are legal disputes arising from harm caused by an injury or accident. Someone else may be legally responsible for that injury, and civil court proceedings can determine whether that other person is at fault or not. Often though, before it gets to trial, informal settlements may be reached even before a lawsuit is filed.
A personal injury lawsuit usually starts when a private individual who is called the “plaintiff” files with the State Court, a civil “complaint” (lawsuit) against another person, corporation, business, or government agency who is call the “defendant.” The complaint or lawsuit will allege (accuse) that the defendant, or person(s) being accused, acted irresponsibly or carelessly causing the harm or accident.