Understanding Personal Injury Law Basics

 In Personal Injury Law

What is personal injury law?

The personal injury law allows an injured person to secure money for the injuries they received. These injuries could come from another party or other incidents. As a result, there are different types of claims.

Common claims in personal injury cases

Any injury that is the fault of someone else is a potential personal injury case. For example:

  1. Negligent acts: Common negligent acts include car accidents, medical malpractice, job injuries, dog bites, and fallen accidents.
  2. Intentional acts: These occur where an individual purposefully does something that injures another person. Examples are assault or battery.
  3. Product liability: If a defective product causes an injury, it qualifies as personal injury.

Who is responsible for personal injury damages?

The nature of the injury depends on the party who caused it. Some instances include:

  1. Negligent Driver: If you were in a car accident, the other driver should compensate for your injuries if they were driving irrationally. This includes speeding or failing to follow driving laws.
  2. Property Owner: If injured on someone else’s property, they are responsible for your injuries.
  3. Employer: If your employer failed to maintain a safe working environment, appropriate equipment, or accommodations, they are responsible.


Injuries that are not your fault entitle you to compensation. Damages you should include are:

  1. Medical Expenses:  Common medical expenses include emergency transportation, hospital stays, doctors’ bills, assistive devices, and long-term rehabilitation needs.
  2. Loss of Income: Seek recovery for any lost wages from missing work.  Future earnings and lost earning potential included.
  3. Property Damage: Common in car accident cases with damaged or destroyed cars.
  4. Pain and Suffering and Emotional Distress: Ongoing pain, suffering, or emotional tolls should be included in a damage request.
  5. Loss of Enjoyment: If you can’t participate in activities that you enjoy due to your injuries, you can receive damages for this loss.

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