Civil litigation is a term used to describe actions brought to enforce, redress, or protect private rights. In general, all types of actions other than criminal proceedings are broadly referred to as “civil litigation.” Civil and criminal law differ in many respects. In a criminal case, the State brings the lawsuit (charges). If the State prevails, the Defendant goes to jail or prison and/or pays a fine. In a civil case, the Plaintiff, most-often the victim, brings the lawsuit against the Defendant, most-often the perpetrator or a person or entity legally responsible for the perpetrator’s acts. In a civil case, if the Plaintiff prevails, they are generally awarded money damages, injunctive relief, or specific performance. If an individual is convicted of a crime, that conviction does not necessarily bar a subsequent civil action wherein the victim may seek monetary damages.
Civil litigation can involve businesses and/or individuals. It can involve enforcing rights pursuant to a contract or enforcing your rights under common law or statutory law. Common examples of civil litigation are lawsuits involing contract disputes, product liability issues, medical negligence, and general negligence, just to name a few.
Law Offices of Gregory P. Gorman has represented various individuals in various types of civil litigation. The Firm has handled cases involving personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, general negligence, breach of contract, and actions pursuant to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
If you have a question about civil litigation or have a specific set of facts you would like to discuss with with the Firm, please give us a call at (214) 905-3739 or leave us an electronic message via email or the interface on this website and we will attempt to contact you and schedule an initial interview.