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so that you can better understand some of the legal vocabulary used throughout our website and during your personal injury claim.

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Fact Question – Issues in a trial or hearing concerning facts and how they occurred, as opposed to questions of law. Fact questions are for the jury to decide, unless the issues are presented in a non-jury or bench trial, in which case the judge would decide fact questions. Questions of law are decided by a judge. Findings of fact are generally non-appealable, while rulings on questions of law are subject to appeal.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – A federal law that provides certain employees with serious health problems or those who need to care for a child or other family member with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that group health benefits be maintained.

Family Practitioner – A physician who has a general health care practice and no specialization.

Fault – The responsibility of the negligence that caused injury or damage.

Felony – Crimes of a graver or more serious nature than misdemeanors.

Filing – Sending or delivering a document as part of a legal process. The date of filing is the date the document is received.

Final Order – A decision or award made by a workers’ compensation judge.

Findings – A written decision by a judge about a case. This decision is final unless an appeal is filed.

Final Receipt – In a workers’ compensation case, it’s the form presented by the insurance carrier for the injured employee’s signature so that benefits will stop upon return to work.

First Party Benefits – In insurance law, first party benefits include medical benefits, income loss benefits, accidental death benefit, funeral benefit, and extraordinary medical benefits, which are paid to the policy holder.

Forseeability – In tort law is the reasonable anticipation that an injury may occur through the action or inaction of another party.

Fracture – A break or crack in a bone.

Fraud – False and deceptive statement of fact intended to induce another person to rely upon and, in reliance thereof, give up a valuable thing he or she owns or a legal right he or she is entitled to.

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