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If you have been injured by another person’s negligence you have options. Car accidents are difficult and impossible to face alone. Luckily you don’t have to fight insurance companies by yourself. You can gain an advantage by hiring a car accident lawyer, but you also have the right to represent yourself. You will have to learn a lot about personal injury to make sure your rights are protected. This post should help you as you get started.

Why You Need to Know These Terms

As an experienced auto accident lawyer from Johnson Law, P.C. affirms, knowing these terms can help you better communicate with claims adjusters and attorneys. Most car accident lawyers offer free consultations. Feel free to ask more about these terms if and when you talk to an attorney about your matter. Additionally, these terms are likely going to be useful in your future research. Googling the right words can make all the difference.

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal injury protection is often referred to simply as “pip” in reference to the acronym PIP. This may also be referenced as  “no-fault insurance,”.  States have different laws regarding PIP and it is important to know how your state handles no-fault insurance. This type of protection is designed to get injured parties the healthcare they need as fast as possible.


Personal Injury Matters usually end in both parties agreeing on a mutually agreeable resolution. This is the “settlement” you hear about. Usually, people are specifically referring to the monetary compensation they receive as “the settlement”. If an out-of-court settlement cannot be reached, cases usually go to trial. Settlement negotiations are an on-going part of personal injury cases.


Liability can be thought of as responsibility. As in, the other party was responsible for the car accident and is liable for the damages. Proving liability can be very important in a car accident case. The parties may even share in the responsibility for the accident. It is vital to know how liability will be determined for your car accident matter.


Usually, damages in personal injury don’t actually refer to the physical damage, but instead refers to monetary compensation for damage caused. Usually, you consider economic and non-economic damages. Both types are very important to know about in a personal injury case.

Other Terms

This post cannot go into all the terms you will need to know to represent yourself. Here is a list of additional terms you should consider learning more about: Duty of Care, Gross Negligence, Proximate Cause, and Independent Medical Examination. 




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