Last Clear Chance – A defense to the contributory negligence doctrine; if the defendant knew or should have reasonably discovered plaintiff’s peril and he/she had the time and means to avoid injury to the plaintiff.
Law – The combination of those rules and principles of conduct promulgated by legislative authority, derived from court decisions and established by local custom.
Law Clerks – Persons trained in the law who assist judges or attorneys.
Lawsuit or Suit – Generally, a court action brought by one person, the plaintiff, against another, the defendant , seeking compensation for some injury or enforcement of a right.
Lawyer – A person licensed to practice law; other words for “lawyer” include: attorney, counsel, solicitor, and barrister.
Layperson – A nonprofessional; a non-expert. In law, an individual who has not undergone formal training.
Leading Case – Case regarded as having determined the law on a particular point, thus becoming a guide for later decisions.
Leading Question – A question that suggests the desired answer to a witness or “places words in the witness’ mouth.” With some exceptions, leading questions are prohibited on direct examination.
Legal Cause – Substantial factor in bringing about the harm. See proximate cause.
Legal Fiction – Assumption of a fact that may or may not be true made by a judge to decide a legal question.
Liability – An obligation that one is bound in law to perform; usually involves the payment of money damages.
Liberal Construction – Judicial interpretation of the law whereby the judge expands the literal meaning of the statute to meet cases that are clearly within the spirit or reason of the law. Compare with strict construction whereby the judge adheres to the literal meaning of the words.
Licensee – In civil law, a person who enters land with consent, but nothing more.
Lien – An encumbrance on property to secure payment of a debt. A health care provider has a right to place a lien on a claim to guarantee that his/her bills will be paid when the case concludes.
Limited Jurisdiction – Refers to courts that are limited in the types of criminal and civil cases they may hear.
Litigant – On e who is engaged in a lawsuit.
Lordosis – The spinal curve of the low back and neck. The term is used to refer to abnormally increased curvature (hyperlordosis) or to the normal curvature (normal lordosis).
Loss – The detriment or harm of your physical being, emotions, or property (economic loss).
Settlement for wrongful death of husband and negligent infliction of emotional distress of wife when husband was killed by falling merchandise at a local warehouse. Client was pronounced dead approximately… Read More
Automobile Accident/DWI/Dram Shop/Social Host Liability/Wrongful Death
Settlements and judgments for two clients who were killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way and hitting the clients’ vehicle head on (Mecklenburg, 2009). Read More
Confidential – Negligent Supervision
Settlement during litigation and prior to trial for a young female client who was seriously injured and paralyzed from the waist down from falling while doing a backbend unsupervised at… Read More
Confidential – Personal Injury
Settlement with multiple defendants for a client (2013). Read More
Settlement for a client who received a serious head injury as well as fractured legs when he was struck by a truck while standing next to his disabled vehicle (Kanawha… Read More
Settlement after litigation and mediation for a client who was a passenger on a bus when the bus driver fell asleep and caused the bus to collide with a tractor-trailer… Read More
Confidential – Truck Unloading
Settlement for a client who was seriously injured when helping a co-worker unload his truck trailer. When client opened the trailer’s door, the load spilled out, knocking client to the… Read More
Settlement after mediation for a client who was driving his automobile when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of him causing serious injuries, including fractures to his arm,… Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who sustained a partial hand amputation from a crush injury and who developed sever psychological conditions (Catawba County, 2022). Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who sustained multiple crush injuries from a scissor lift malfunctioning and flipping over onto the worker (Mecklenburg County, 2019). Read More
Workers’ Compensation – Two Separate Injuries
Settled at mediation for a client who sustained two separate injuries involving a crushed foot injury from a pallet jack and a separate slip and fall back injury (Alexander County,… Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who had a leg run over by a forklift resulting in partial leg amputation (Lincoln County, 2021). Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who sustained partial leg amputation from a significant motor vehicle accident while driving a truck for work. The Workers’ Comp claim was partly denied… Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who fell off a roof and sustained spinal paralysis. The Workers’ Comp claim was denied by the carrier and employer (Mecklenburg County, 2018). Read More
Settled at mediation for a client who fell off a roof and sustained a traumatic brain injury and various orthopedic injuries (Mecklenburg County, 2019). Read More