Personal Injury Law

Accidents, Injuries and Wrongful Death

Personal injury law is a field that encompasses legal action taken by victims of a broad range of accidents and injuries. When physical and/or psychological injury is caused by another person, the injured party may be able to hold the responsible person accountable for his or her conduct. This is accomplished by filing a lawsuit in civil court and seeking financial compensation for the expenses and other damages associated with the injury. There are three primary grounds for personal injury claims in the U.S.:

The term "negligence" refers to a situation where a person acts or fails to act and this constitutes a failure to provide reasonable care or caution. A simple way to determine whether someone has been negligent may be to ask whether a reasonable person would have acted in the same way in similar circumstances. If the answer is "no" and another person was injured, this may offer the injured party grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

Intentional Conduct
Intentionally causing another person harm may not only result in criminal charges but may give the injured party grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. Examples of cases that may fall under this category include attacks, assaults, homicide and sexual abuse.

Strict Liability
There are some situations where a party may be held legally accountable for another's injuries – regardless of specific negligence or intent. In some states, dog bite claims are handled in this way. Product manufacturers may also be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a defective product.

Financial Compensation for Personal Injuries

An individual or company may be held legally responsible for injuries caused by their conduct. In proving that the other person was responsible, the injured party may be able to recover monetary compensation for medical expenses, future medical care, lost earnings, loss of future earnings, property damage, emotional trauma, pain and suffering and possibly more.

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