by John Darer® CLU ChFC MSSC CeFT® RSP CLTC
What's the difference between a Plaintiff and a Claimant?
Plaintiff and Claimant are legal and settlement terms that are often used interchangeably. But we could be talking apples and oranges!
A plaintiff is the person or entity initiating a lawsuit by filing a complaint in a court of law.
A claimant is someone either bringing a case to court or more commonly, bringing a matter to his or her or the other side's insurance company.
What's the difference between Defendant and Respondent?
A defendant is a person or entity against whom an action or claim is brought in a court of law
A respondent is the individual or entity that responds to a claim.
There are some important differences in structured settlement documents between cases in claim or suit. Proper structured settlement documentation in legal documents is crucial in order to achieve the goals of the settling parties.