Many people struggle following an accident, mentally as well as physically. Injuries to mental health caused by accidents can be just as debilitating as many physical injuries and often accompany physical injuries or are even caused by them. Mental injury...
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This personal injury glossary provides explanations in plain English of a number of technical terms you may encounter in the process of pursuing a personal injury claim.
Damages - Compensation received by the claimant.
Default judgement - If a party fails to respond to a claim within a time limit set out by law, the court can rule in favour of the other party.
Defective premises - Poorly constructed or poorly maintained buildings. If you’ve been involved in an accident because of this, your landlord or builder may be at fault.
Defence - A statement from the defendant in response to a claimant’s version of events. The defence can either argue that the claimant has no ground for legal action, or will oppose particular parts of the claimant’s arguments.
Defendant - The party who legal action is brought against.
Disclosure - The process of revealing certain documents to the other party in a legal matter.
Duty of care - A requirement that a person or organisation behave in a way that avoids acts or omissions that are likely to cause harm to others.