Personal injury is a broad term that includes injury to a human body, mind, or reputation. These types of injuries can be a result of an accident, fall, or assault. Personal injury cases are considered tortious acts. In the United States, Tort law applies to cases of personal injuries.
There are three grounds on which a personal injury can be filed against someone; negligence, strict liability, and intentional wrongs.
Most personal injuries are a result of negligence when a person or party’s behavior or failure to act results in a personal injury to someone. For instance, an individual falls off the faulty stairs of a shopping store. Such personal injuries arise when the person in charge of circumstances is negligent.
If the injury was caused intentionally by the defendant, the defendant is held liable under strict liability for committing an action against the person. For example, a person was harmed by a product, the manufacturer is liable for this act.
Intentional wrongs refer to the intentional act of the defendant that causes a personal injury to the individual. Intentional wrongs committed by defendants refer to battery, assault, false imprisonment, trespass to land, trespass to belongings, and intentional infliction of psychological distress.
Causes of Action
Personal injuries can arise from automobile accidents, workplace accidents, assault, abuse, medical malpractice or negligence, nursing home negligence, and product or medicine defects.
Personal injuries can also be a form of non-bodily harm that inflicts psychological distress, invasion of privacy, damages or defamation, false detention, malicious trial, false imprisonment, or false arrest.
A personal injury case is filed by a private individual (plaintiff) against another person, group, business firm, or government agency (the defendant). Personal injury cases are filed at civil courts and formalized through a personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury lawsuits are very detailed and understanding facts and laws can be a complex process. If an injury has impacted your life and someone is liable for it, you might be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand what can be done to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.