If you've been accused of causing someone else to suffer injuries, you're facing serious consequences. You may be liable for that person's medical expenses, property repairs, court costs, and potentially even punitive damages.
In many cases, your insurance company will support you during these particular types of lawsuits. In cases where you don't have insurance or they won't/can't defend you, you should consider speaking with a Valparaiso personal injury defense attorney.
He or she will negotiate directly with the injured party and reduce your liability and out-of-pocket expenses. If you are being threatened with a lawsuit, or even if you've been sued, talk with an attorney as soon as you are able. The sooner you call, the quicker this event can be behind you.
Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.
An attorney consultation should provide you with enough information so that you can make an informed decision on whether to proceed with legal help.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.