Personal Injury Terms

The following terms are commonly used in personal injury cases. It is important for you to be well informed during your case and to understand the implications of various legal terms. Contact our staff and personal injury lawyers in Ventura if you would like further explanation about a particular term and how it applies to your specific case.

Assault and battery: Assault is the offense of putting a person in immediate fear of physical injury or offensive, criminal contact. Battery is the offense of actually completing that act. While assault and battery are separate legal offenses, they are often referred to as one claim.

Birth injuries: Birth injuries occur to a baby or the baby’s mother during delivery and are caused by the doctor or nurse’s medical negligence. If your child has suffered severe injuries or ailments because of negligence during delivery, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.

Catastrophic injuries: Many injuries may seem catastrophic, but legally, catastrophic injuries are defined as injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Most catastrophic injuries last a long time or are permanent. They may result from any kind of accident. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include amputations, brain damage, and spinal cord injuries.

Exploitation of a nursing home resident:Nursing home abuse is a terrible problem in the United States. One aspect of nursing home abuse is exploitation. This offense occurs when a staff member misuses a patient’s money or property for his or her own benefit. As a result, the resident is abused.

Licensee: The term licensee is frequently used in slip and fall cases. A licensee is someone who enters another’s property with the owner’s full consent. The owner has a duty to keep licensees on the property safe and warn them of any known dangers. When a property owner fails to provide a warning or fails to remove a hazard, such negligence can result in injury. The licensee then can sue the property owner.

Medical malpractice: Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, or another healthcare worker is negligent in the way that he or she carries out necessary duties. The plaintiff must prove negligence in medical malpractice cases and show that the physician or medical staff member did not adhere to a required standard of care.

Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissue injuries can result from a car accident or many other types of injury-causing incidents. Sometimes, the symptoms of a soft tissue injury appear immediately but they also may occur over time. Soft tissue injuries include torn ligaments and muscles, bruises, tendon injuries, and sprains or strains.

Worker’s compensation: Workers’ compensation benefits are given to workers who are injured on the job. Employees are permitted to receive compensation for costs such as lost wages during recovery, medical bills associated with a work-related injury, and more. Sometimes, employers try to avoid providing the necessary funds to an injured worker to protect their bottom lines. A lawyer can help you obtain the compensation that you need.

Wrongful death: Wrongful death is a fatality that is caused by the negligent, reckless, or criminal actions of a person, business, or other entity. A wrongful death claim is filed by a decedent’s estate or family members who have suffered monetary losses because of the death. The decedent’s family members have the right to seek financial recompense from any negligent party that contributed to their loved one’s death.

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