Legal Dictionary

Legal Dictionary - C

Casualty: An accident, especially one involving serious injury or loss of life.

Civil law: Law involving non-criminal cases. Personal injury claims, family law disputes, and contract disputes are civil law matters.

Co-defendant: One of multiple parties defending against a claim in a lawsuit.

Common law: A body of law developed in the doctrine of the judicial branch of government. The common law system is rooted in the medieval English court system and is still very much a part of modern American jurisprudence.

Comparative negligence: A method of assigning negligence among multiple parties. Comparative negligence considers all parties whose negligence contributed to a tort. The negligence is then allocated among the parties at fault and damages are assigned proportionately.

Complaint: The legal document, also called a claim, which is filed with a court that formally initiates a lawsuit.

Contingent fee: An agreement between a lawyer and a client whereby the lawyer is paid a percentage of the damages awarded if the client is awarded damages in the lawsuit.

Contributory negligence: A method for assigning negligence that considers behavior by the plaintiff that contributes to the resulting harm. At common law, any degree of contributory negligence bars the plaintiff from collecting damages

Court trial: A trial heard before a judge, as opposed to a jury trial that is heard before a judge and a jury.

Criminal law: The body of law involving cases where the defendant faces criminal sanctions such as incarceration.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Legal Notice

This notice applies to all content on this web site as well as the Florida Law Blog. The law firm of Scott and Fenderson, PLLC practices law in Florida only, and only accepts clients for legal matters within the State of Florida. This web site and the Florida Law Blog are owned and operated by S & F Media LLC. Visitors to this site should not rely on any information contained within this site when making legal decisions or handling legal matters. This site does not constitute legal advice. Always seek the advice of a lawyer before making any decision or taking any course of action on any legal matter. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide ask us to send you free written information on our qualifications and experience.


This website is owned and operated by S&F Media, LLC

Contact Scott & Fenderson, PLLC

Scott and Fenderson, PLLC is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Attorneys - Personal Injury & Property Damage in Saint Petersburg FLSt. Petersburg, FL Office
4755 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL33713

P. 727.321.0099


Seminole, FL Office
Seminole Professional Center
10823 Seminole Blvd, Suite 2

P. 727.321.0099


Accident Injury Attorneys Serving

Connect With Us

Scott and Fenderson on Instagram Scott and Fenderson Videos Linkedin Facebook Twitter Blog

Congratulations to this year's honored business!
Featured in the Tampa Bay Times.
Click here to view my profile >>