Personal injury is used to describe physical or mental injuries that suffered due to another persons negligence, intentional actions, or product liability.
Negligence is when the other party failed to act with reasonable care. For example, if you were in your car stopped at a red light and another driver rear ends you because they weren’t paying attention and you suffer physical injuries as a result, those could be personal injury due to negligence. You could be entitled to compensation for those injuries
Intentional harm means that another person intended to hurt you. Examples include battery, assault, and false imprisonment
Product liability pertains to anyone involved in the production, distribution, or sale of a defective product. They can be held responsible if the product injures you. Examples; automobile, power tool, appliance safety defect, contaminated food, injury caused by medications.
Common types of personal injuries:
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Medical and dental accidents
- Sexual abuse
- Dog bites
- Injuries that occur because products malfunction or fail
- Work-related accidents
- Wrongful death
Most personal injuries fall into the category of law known as torts. Torts are civil not criminal law.
Most personal injury cases involve negligence. You must be able to show that your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else. This involves proving four separate things:
Duty of Care – The negligent party had an obligation to act prudently to avoid injuring you
Breach of Care – The negligent party knowingly exposed you to a substantial risk of injury or didn’t even realize, but should have, that there was a substantial risk
Direct Cause – A deliberate act, or lack of action, on the part of the negligent party caused the injury
Harm – You suffered a financial loss because of the negligence. Medical bills, loss of work or wages are examples of monetary loss.
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