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Causes of Action Explained

  • What is a cause of action? It’s a set of facts on which you can build a legal claim to damages. A cause of action also refers to the legal theory used to bring a suit against a person.

    If you have been injured because of someone else, here’s what you should know about causes of action.


    Pursuing a Claim

    When you file suit against someone or pursue a claim for damages, your attorney will file a statement of claim or complaint. The purpose of this document is to notify the defendant of the negligent behavior that led to your damages. Damages are usually expressed in terms of monetary compensation requested by the plaintiff.

    Following the statement of claim, the plaintiff alleges the facts in a complaint before the court. This begins a lawsuit. The cause of action usually includes both the legal theory on which the complaint is based, such as breach of contract or wrongful death, and the remedy, or damages the plaintiff is asking the court to award.

    The facts of your case may result in multiple causes of action.


    Winning Your Case

    It’s important that you have the help of a lawyer to prepare and argue your case. Filing a statement of claim is a straightforward process for an attorney but can be confusing for someone who doesn’t have legal expertise. If the statement of claim is not filed properly, you could lose your case on a technicality.


    Experienced Accident Attorneys Can Help

    Understanding causes of action and how they might be part of your injury case can be complicated. Get an experienced injury attorney on your side to help ensure the right person is held accountable. Contact the Colley Firm, PC at 1-877-411-2001 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.