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Definition of Action

An action or "legal action" is the process an individual or corporation can take against another party in court to protect their rights. Legal actions can include filing a lawsuit for civil matters, agreeing to mediation or arbitration or filing criminal charges.

The most common types of civil legal actions include wrongful death claims for motor vehicle accidents, dangerous products, slip and falls, and other situations in which the death occurred because of the negligence or carelessness actions of another person, product liability cases when the construction, design, manufacturing or labeling of the product was defective or dangerous or the manufacturer acted negligently, medical malpractice when the negligence, or unreasonable conduct, by a professional, such as a doctor, a nurse leads to injury or professional malpractice when the injury is caused by an engineer, a lawyer or an accountant.

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