What does the term "liable" mean?

The term liable generally means that a court has determined individual, company or some other entity caused, and is responsible for, another person's injury.  When a defendant is found liable, he or she is generally obligated to compensate the injured party for their damages.  The term "liable" is often confused with “guilty." However the term "liable" is used in civil cases and the term "guilty" is only is used in criminal cases.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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