Personal injury or personal injury law may apply to any injury that a person or entity causes to another person, provided that such injury was caused by intentional, negligent, or reckless behavior, or by an action covered by strict liability.
Some common causes of personal injury are as follows:
Slip or trip and fall (liquids, snow, and ice)
Slip or trip and fall (dangerous property conditions) other than liquids, snow, and ice
Responsibility for facilities
Defective product accidents
Wrongful death or wrongful death
Inflict emotional distress
False Accusations — Defamation of character for libel or slander
Situations lawyers can handle:
Personal injury lawyers can handle any situation in which the following occurs:
Physical, mental, or reputational damage:
Everyday Situations – Negligence: The law generally attempts to determine: “Was the person who caused your injury” negligent “in causing the injury?”
Special Situations — Recklessness: In certain cases, those involving injuries caused by police and fire officials who are responding to an emergency, the law may attempt to determine whether the officer acted “recklessly” in causing injuries, that is, did he act with utter contempt for your safety?
Intentional injuries: There are also intentional acts (such as someone hitting you on purpose and without justification, breaking your nose) where the intention combined with the injury will allow you to recover damage.
Defective Products — Strict Liability: Finally, there are injuries involving dangerous products, or incorrectly manufactured or defective products; In such cases, the law does not seek to determine misconduct but rather presumes responsibility for the fact that a person was injured by using the product (also known as “strict liability”).
Compensatory Damage: A person will not be able to recover damages (let alone find an attorney to represent them) from a blow to the finger or other insignificant injury.
Example: You are crossing the street with the “walk” sign. A car follows behind, causing you to jump to the ground to avoid it. If you get up with a small scratch on your hand but do not experience any other symptoms, there is an injury caused by a negligent driver, but it is unlikely that you will be able to recover damages, despite the driver’s actions.
When each of these factors is present, an injured person could recover a monetary amount for all the damage suffered (medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering) by filing a lawsuit against the person or entity that caused the damage improperly.