When you file a civil claim, you are asking the court to hold someone else responsible for the harm you’ve suffered. You are known as the plaintiff, and the person you sue is known as the defendant.
When can you file a civil claim?
You can file a civil claim if someone else damages your property, does something that injures you, or causes you to lose money. Here are some common causes of civil claim filing:
If someone damages your property, that person should be held responsible for repairing the damages or compensating you for the value of the property. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to admit their mistakes and make things right. You might have to file a civil claim against the person who caused the damage.
Here are some examples of civil claims related to property damage:
- Someone hit your car with a baseball bat, breaking the headlights and denting the hood
- An electrician promised to check the wiring in your house and failed to do so. Your house then caught on fire due to faulty wiring
- Your neighbor knew she had a defective parking brake, but she didn’t have the brake repaired. Her car rolled down a hill and hit the car parked in your driveway, damaging the bumper
You can file a civil claim if you were injured as a result of someone else’s actions. It doesn’t matter if those actions were intentional; if they caused your injury, you have a right to file a claim.
Many civil claims are the result of careless behavior, including the following:
- You were in a car accident that caused two broken bones. The other driver is at fault because he was texting while driving and didn’t see the light change before hitting you
- A dog bit your hand because its owner didn’t keep it on a leash. The bite was so severe that you had a hard time using your hand to write, pick up objects and do other basic tasks
- You attended a holiday party at your neighbor’s house. While you were there, you tripped on a piece of loose carpeting and fell, hitting your head in the process. Your neighbor knew about the loose carpeting and did not repair it
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced civil claims attorneys about your case.
You can also file a civil claim if someone else does something that causes you to lose money. These claims are often filed by one business owner against another, but you can file an individual claim against a person or company.
You might have to file a civil claim if any of the following has happened to you:
- You hired an accountant to prepare your annual tax return. The accountant made a serious mistake, causing you to owe several thousand dollars in interest and penalties
- The business consultant you hired gave you bad advice. You made important decisions based on this advice, which caused your business to lose thousands of dollars in profit
How can a civil claims attorney help you with a civil claim?
An experienced civil claims attorney can help you avoid serious mistakes that put your case in jeopardy. Your civil claims attorney will fight to win your case and help you collect damages for the harm you’ve suffered.
At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, we focus on helping people get their lives back after serious injuries or financial losses. You won’t have to worry about your case because we’ll do everything in our power to ensure you recover damages.