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is the term used for the party who initiates a lawsuit. This is the person who is requesting that the court make a legal determination in a dispute between at least two people or organizations.


A person trained in legal matters who often acts as an assistant to an attorney. Paralegals can carry out routine tasks and paperwork that require specialty knowledge of the law and legal procedures but cannot engage in the practice of law or offer legal services. Paralegals are not officers of the court.

Personal injury

The legal term referring to an injury to the body, mind or emotional well-being of an individual.


A compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of a medical disease or ailment.

Pharmaceutical error

A preventable error in the provision dispensation of pharmaceutical medication.


The willful act of swearing a false oath – otherwise known as lying – in court. Perjury is considered a serious offense, is a felony and can be punished by a prison sentence of up to five years.


A party who initiates a lawsuit before a court.

Product liability

The area of the law in which all those who bring a product to public market – including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, etc. – are held responsible for the safety of that product and any injury the product may cause.

Punitive damages

A monetary punishment meted out by the court system to deter the defendant and others from engaging in the activity are similar activities that caused the injury and initiated the lawsuit.