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Many times people call my office regarding there personal injury cases.  Many times they are confused as to exact terms of the process and what exactly those terms mean.

below I will explain some of the terms that are used.

CIVIL ACTION

A legal case brought between private parties, one called a plaintiff and one called a defendant, to determine if someoene was negligent and, if so if they should pay damages and the amount of those damages.

CONTINGENCY FEE ARRANGEMENT

Allow you to hire a lawyer from a law firm without paying up front and making a down payment, and without paying by the hour.  Most lawyers charge $200.00 to $500.00 per hour for there services.  In a personal injury case the lawyer only gets paid if they win the case and the client get compensation.  Usually the attorney gets paid a percentage of the money recieved in the lawsuit.  This is usually through settlement or trial. 

CRIMINAL ACTIONS

Violations of the penal code that result in finding of guilt or innocense leading to incarceration.  In crimnal cases, the government, leading to incarceration.  In criminal cases the government prosecutes the case and a defendant can obtain a lawyer for free, from the state if he or she cant afford one.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY CASE MUST GO TO ARBITRATION?

Arbitration is basically a mini trial.  The arbitrator is appointed as a termporary judge by the court and hears evidence like a jury would through witnesses and or documents.

The Arbitrator makes rulings of law and fact and after hearing the evidence, issues a ruling of liability.  (fualt) comparitive faul, and the nature and amount of damages if any.

This decision is written into the form of an order.  The parties have 30 days from the date of the order to reject the ruling, if they do not reject the ruling it become a final judgement.  This judgment is enforced by law, is entered into the court record and the case is over with that order controlling the rights and responsibilities of the parties. 

WHAT IS COMPARATIVE FAULT?

Comparatvie fault reduces the claimants damages in an amount proportional to his or her percentage of fault. 

 

There are many other terms and words and actions that will occur in the process of a civil action, please give us a call if you have any questions and we can give you an evealuation of your case and possible actions that you can take. 

We have helped hundreds of injured people throughout the state revieve the compensation they need to put there lives back together after an accident give us a call 559 441 1418.

 

If you have been injured in an accident in Fresno ca.  give us a call. 559441-1418.  We have helped many people with the process of getting adequate compensation for there injuries. 

Many people believe that they can speak with and handle there cases without the help of an experienced Attorney.  Howver, most of the time having an experienced Attorney can help you with obtaining the maximum needed to make you whole from your accident.

If you have been injured in an automobile accident a trip and fall case or any other personal Injury matter give us a call and we will help you get the compensation you deserve.

I will be writing a series of blogs and case reports regarding many of the cases  I and collegeues that I have worked with have settled or won at trial.  These articles are meant to be informative and to show you the kind of cases our office handles.

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Gerald Schwab, Jr.

PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY SERVING ALL OF CALIFORNIA

Law Office of Gerald Schwab, Jr.
Fresno Personal Injury Attorney
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Fresno, CA 93704
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