We use the term plaintiff is commonly in civil cases such as personal injury. This is when someone is seeking compensation in the form of monetary damages.

In a lot of our posts, you will see us referring to the plaintiff and the defendant. We here at Silverthorne Attorneys exclusively represent the plaintiff. A plaintiff is the person or persons who begin a lawsuit. Most plaintiff’s do so by filing legal petitions with the court. The plaintiff is anyone who has suffered any harm – bodily, emotionally, etc. – due to the actions of the defendant. A plaintiff is anyone who is affected emotionally and physically by what happened in an incident. The plaintiff can also be a bystander, witness, or family member of the injured party. If someone dies or becomes incapacitated due to their accident, the estate, guardian, or close family members can step in and sue the defendant on their behalf.

who is the plaintiff?

The Plaintiff

Any number of people or organizations can be the plaintiff.

  • We mostly see people who fall in the following categories:
  • car accidents;
  • dog bites;
  • food poisoning;
  • slips and falls, etc.
  • All  plaintiffs have in common one major thing: they were negatively affected by the defendant’s actions, or lack thereof, and are seeking compensation for their injuries.
  • Each case is unique. Some cases have only one plaintiff, other cases have multiple. It depends on the scope of the case, the injuries of each person, and how it affects those who were also in the accident.
  • A plaintiff becomes a plaintiff by filing a claim against one or more defendants.
  • The defendants have a limited amount of time to respond to the complaint by filing an answer or a motion to dismiss.
  • If the defendant files an answer, the plaintiff and defendant proceed to the discovery phase of the process.
  • Each state has a statute of limitations.
  • Most types of civil cases have a built-in deadline otherwise known as the statute of limitations. This deadline is usually 1-3 years after the injury occurs.

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If a plaintiff files their complaint before the statute of limitations runs out, the case can proceed as planned. If the plaintiff does not file until after the deadline, the court may dismiss the case. This will prevent the plaintiff from being able to file in the future.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, please to not hesitate to speak contact a personal injury lawyer at Silverthorne Attorneys. We specialize in helping plaintiff’s get the compensation they deserve after they have been injured. Consultations are free!