Res Judicata and Your Personal Injury Case
Whether you are involved in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or even a medical malpractice case, you may be eligible to take legal action against the negligent individual to fight for financial compensation. Unfortunately, simply suffering an injury in an accident doesn’t guarantee financial compensation. For this reason and the many intricacies of the legal system, such as the res judicata principle, it is imperative to have a skilled attorney on your side from the beginning so your claim does not get unfairly denied.
The legal principle known as “res judicata” could, unfortunately, prevent you from taking legal action against the same defendant a second time. Because of this, it is important to learn more about res judicata and how it could affect you. Contact a Nashville personal injury lawyer of Pohl & Berk, LLP, today at 615-277-2765.
What is Res Judicata?
Res judicata is a Latin phrase that literally means, “a matter already judged.” This doctrine can have a serious impact on personal injury claim as you are usually prevented from filing against the same defendant for the same accident. You cannot file a second claim if the following criterion exists:
- The plaintiff wants to sue for damages that could have been included in the first case
- The plaintiff is suing for additional money because he or she did not receive enough in the first case
- The potential second case will deal with points the initial case already addressed
Because res judicata prevents many people from filing a second claim, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your options and what you can do.
At Pohl & Berk, LLP, our legal team will answer all of your questions regarding res judicata and your case. For more information, contact a Nashville injury lawyer today by calling 615-277-2765 and schedule a free consultation.