Civil Litigation is a dispute between two parties. The parties can be individuals or entities who are seeking monetary compensation from each other. Civil litigation is different from a criminal proceeding. A criminal case results in jail time for the convicted. Moreover the state itself prosecutes the defendant for criminal acts such as dealing in drugs. In civil cases both parties head towards the court so that the judge or jury can decide the matter. These cases are handled by specially trained lawyers, known as ‘litigator’ or a ‘trial lawyer.’ The lawyer represents clients during pretrial hearings, depositions, arbitration proceedings and mediation in front of administrative agencies as well as court personnel.
Arbitration as well as mediation attempt to materialize a settlement between the two parties. It saves time and money spent on the proceedings in the court. Civil litigation revolves around a broad range of issues. Product liability lawsuits, environmental laws, employment and labor disputes, personal injury claims, construction liability lawsuits, intellectual property lawsuits, medical malpractice disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, real estate lawsuits, anti-trust litigation, breach of contract claims, product liability claims, workers’ compensation claims, divorce and other family related lawsuits, workers’ compensation claims and education law disputes. In all these cases criminal charges and penalties are not a problem. Instead the individual or the party has to compensate for the losses of the complainant. For example, if a cyclist is hit by a car-driver who was driving under influence of alcohol, the driver will have to compensate the injury or any other material loss of the cyclist. He or she will also pay for the medical expenses of the past, present and future. Other expenses to be compensated are lost wages, damage to property, emotional suffering and pain.
But the plaintiff will only be compensated if he or she is able to prove before the judge that the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of the accident. And this is not at all any easy task. You need a set of viable evidences and proper information about the law and your rights. You also need to set all this information in a logical sequence. That’s where you need an expert attorney.
The attorney advocates for the client. He or she fights for the plaintiff and strive hard to get maximum compensation for the losses. Lawyers have to take oppositional positions. They are always ready to face conflict and controversy. They have to spend long hours working on the case. A good lawyer should be well-versed in the relevant law. He or she must exhibit strong analytical and logical reasoning skills along with oral and written skills. Extraordinary interpersonal skills, negotiation skills and expert knowledge of legal research are essential for a professional civil suit lawyer.
Many issues demand special knowledge of specific court procedures. In a workers’ compensation claim, a plaintiff is required to go through a specific number of steps that involve a review board before the case is forwarded to the court. Failure in this can seriously undermine your chances of success. Civil Litigation Attorneys Basalt Legal are specifically trained to deal with civil litigation. They pay individual attention to your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.