Personal Injury Law
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law refers to the area of law that protects victims who are harmed by the actions or inactions of others. Personal injury is also referred to as “tort” law. A personal injury claim can be filed for physical or emotional injury incurred by an individual, and can sometimes include damage to property. In certain situations, such as in medical negligence or wrongful death cases, a person may bring a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a loved one.
Personal Injury – Liability and Damages
There are two elements in every personal injury case: liability and damages. The first element involves demonstrating that the person or entity being charged did in fact bear legal responsibility for the injury. Damages refer to the extent or amount of injury or loss that was allegedly suffered on account of the defendant’s actions or negligence. More than one person can be held liable for the personal injuries sustained. Personal injuries can occur in a wide range of accidents, however, leading causes of personal injuries are vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries. When a personal injury occurs, it is not just the hospital and doctor bills that become a burden; individuals may also suffer losses in salary, benefits, and overall quality of life.
Do I need a lawyer?
You may need a lawyer because of the complex legal rules involved in your claim, because the severity of your injuries might cause your desired compensation to vary greatly from the norm, or simply because an insurance company refuses to settle a matter in good faith. The following types of injuries and accidents almost certainly require a lawyer.
- Accidents that result in long-term or permanently disabling or disfiguring injuries
- Accidents that cause very severe injuries
- Accidents involving exposure to toxic materials
- Medical malpractice cases, and
- Situations in which an insurance company is being uncooperative or refusing to pay anything for a legitimate injury claim.
Lewis & Associates provides free consultations for personal injury cases. If you believe you have a claim, call us to set up an appointment.