The United States constitution is the foundational document that sets forth the rules and principles our nation was founded on. It is the law of the land. It sets forth the fundamental rights guaranteed to each citizen, born by the blood of our forefathers. The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the nation, decides issues of constitutional law. The importance of the constitution can not be overstated, yet, many are unaware of their full rights under it. One particular class in law school, criminal procedure, taught me the nuances of applying and protecting our constitutional rights in everyday scenarios. One of our most important rights is guaranteed by the fourth (4th) amendment, it protects our right against warrantless, unreasonable searches and seizures. It reads:
One of the things clients often ask is, “what is my case worth?” For the client, this is an obvious and simple question, however, from the perspective of the attorney, the answer to this question requires a nuanced calculus. The basic value of a case is a function of the damages the plaintiff is entitled to and the strength of liability against the defendant(s). However, there are many more considerations to balance.
If you’re thinking about having to file a lawsuit, chances are things are pretty dire. If you or a family member are severely injured, dealing with medical bills on top of regular expenses can become overwhelming, if not impossible. One remedy is to make the responsible party pay for their actions by filing a lawsuit. Both individuals and corporations may be sued. The following is a general road map of what occurs when you file a lawsuit: