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Civil Lawsuit

What is a Civil Lawsuit?

When two or more parties become engaged in a legal dispute seeking money or another remedy rather than criminal sanctions, civil litigation is the result. They then head to the courtroom for trial so a judge or jury can decide the matter. Civil litigation can happen between any two parties for a variety of reasons such as a motor vehicle accident, negligence leading to injury, or failure to pay money that is owed.

Civil lawsuits can be negotiated in a small claims court if the claims are under $5,000, or in a superior or federal court for larger sums of money. Some of the most common cases in civil litigation are:

What is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Law?

The difference between civil litigation and criminal law is largely in the intent of the case. In civil law, the intent is to compensate a victim for losses that have occurred as a result of the negligence of another. The goal is rectification, usually in the form of monetary compensation.

In criminal law, the aim is punishment for the wrongdoer rather than recompense for the victim. Criminal law seeks to discourage the perpetrator from continuing in the action and to apply justice for the sake of the community. Civil ligation usually handles malpractice and negligence while criminal law handles homicides, assaults, and domestic criminal cases.

Who Can File a Claim?

Claims can be filed by individuals or entities against individuals or entities. Cases are typically filed by anyone who has experienced damages, whether it be financially or emotionally, as the result of the negligence or misconduct of another person.

    1. What is a Trial Lawyer?

A lawyer who specializes in civil litigation is known as a “litigator” or a “trial lawyer.” He represents clients across a broad spectrum of associated proceedings, including pretrial hearings and depositions, as well as arbitration or mediation before administrative agencies or court personnel.

    1. Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration and mediation are processes that attempt to guide the parties toward settlement without the time and expense of going to court. We believe that court should only be used as a last resort and that every effort should be made to resolve situations through these methods. The attorneys at George Collins, P.A. are experts in using arbitration and mediation to reach a settlement so that they can save clients the time and expense of a court case.

Our experience and empathy for our clients sets us apart. We are committed to treating each individual case as unique and important, and we have a history of success in getting our clients the compensation that they deserve. Call George Collins, P.A at 910-347-7100 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation with an attorney who can help you start your journey towards a settlement.

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