What is a Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a legal term that describes a serious injury suffered by one person, caused by the negligence or wrong actions of another. If a driver runs a red light and crashes into your car, causing you bodily harm, you have suffered a personal injury.
What Causes Personal Injuries?
Personal injuries can arise from a number of circumstances, ranging from car accidents to medical malpractice and even dangerous working conditions. Regardless of the cause, however, the consequences of severe personal injuries can be devastating; victims often develop long-term medical conditions that may impact their ability to earn a living and care for their families.
There is a wide array of personal injuries that can lead to a lawsuit of this nature, but the most common are the following:
- Accidents in the home;
- Accidents at work;
- Assault claims;
- Defective product accidents or product liability;
- Holiday accidents;
- Tripping accidents.
In recent years, the terminology has incorporated other personal injury cases, such as dental or medical accidents which led to the filing of medical negligence claims. Personal injury law also incorporates what are classified as industrial diseases, such as:
- Asbestosis and mesothelioma;
- Diseases of the chest;
- Occupational deafness;
- Occupational stress;
- Repetitive strain injuries.
A Closer Look at Personal Injury Law
Personal injury laws vary by state. Personal injury attorneys can demonstrate how your situation meets specific criteria set by the state in which your injuries occurred. Generally, those criteria will include the following:
- The person who caused your injury owed a duty to you (such as the duty of a fellow driver to obey traffic laws);
- The person failed to carry out that duty;
- You suffered injury as a direct result of that failure;
- If your injury occurred as a result of a defective product (such as a medical device, appliance or children’s toy) different product liability laws may apply.
When you file a personal injury claim, you seek to obtain financial compensation for your injuries, also known as damages. The types of damages you may recover vary by state, and whether you share responsibility for your injuries may also be considered. In general, damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit can include compensation for:
- Medical expenses;
- Time lost from work;
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability;
- Emotional distress;
- Any change in your future earning ability;
- Property damage,
Personal Injury Lawyers
If you have been seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney. You have only a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so you must act quickly.