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The 5 Basic Components of a Personal Injury Suit May 16, 2017

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The 5 Basic Components of a Personal Injury Suit, Lexington-Fayette Central, Kentucky

Filing a lawsuit is a complex undertaking, especially when you've suffered an injury due to the carelessness or intentional actions of someone else. If negotiations with insurers fail, or the responsible party lacks proper insurance, plaintiffs will have to file a complaint with the court, which initiates the personal injury suit. These complaints contain several sections detailing information about the court in which the case is to be tried, the circumstances surrounding the injury itself, and the amount requested.

The Caption

The top left corner of the first page of the document should identify the court in question and name the parties involved with the case. If you've already obtained it, the case docket number can also be included.

Jurisdiction & Venue Information

In this section, facts of the case are listed which prove that the court in which the suit is filed is the appropriate venue. Typically, a personal injury case is tried where the defendant lives or where the injury itself took place.

Statement of Facts

personal injuryEach state may have different requirements about the information this section must contain, but generally, it consists of numbered statements containing crucial facts about the case. While not every detail regarding the circumstances of the incident is necessary, it should provide a comprehensive overview of your allegations.

Legal Basis

Whereas the previous section delivered facts, this section outlines the defendant's responsibility for your injuries. Each paragraph should contain a different count demonstrating liability and describing specifically how their actions, or lack thereof, resulted in a personal injury.

Damages

Once the case has been explained, the final section demands monetary compensation. While the damages sought do not have to be justified or itemized in the initial complaint, some states require that you do have a specific dollar amount.

 

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