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What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury applies to injuries or damages to the body, mind, or emotional state of a person or persons as opposed to injury or damage to property. Personal injury law seeks to provide compensation for persons who have been harmed or injured by another person’s actions. Compensation (usually money) for injuries is not limited to physical harm and may include emotional, economic, or reputational damages as well as violations of privacy, property, or constitutional rights.
Most personal injury cases are based on the concept of negligence, the failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury. When a person or company is negligent and causes harm to another, personal injury law attempts to ensure that the party responsible for the injury pays compensation for damages. Compensation for injuries is not limited to physical harm and may include emotional, economic, or reputational injuries as well as violations of privacy, property, or constitutional rights.
Personal Injury Lawyers
When an individual has been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence of another person, company or party, personal injury lawyers can assist them by providing legal representation. Personal injury lawyers will be able to assist victims by interviewing witnesses, recreating the scene, requesting medical expert testimony, obtaining police documentation, communicating with other lawyers and insurance companies, and negotiating on the behalf of victims.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When negligence results in injury, an injured party suffers loss in various ways. The law allows an injured party to pursue damages to recover those losses. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
If the actions causing injury are malicious or so reckless that intent to harm can be inferred, the responsible party can be liable for punitive damages to punish wrongful conduct and deter similar conduct in the future.
Victims of negligence and their families are encouraged to seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.