An Overview of Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law is an area of civil law that includes a truly broad range of issues. Personal injury is when an individual (or the loved ones and survivors of that individual) has been caused personal, and direct injury as a consequence of the negligent (or ill-meaning) actions of another person. A personal injury lawsuit provides an opportunity for people who have been harmed by others to seek out monetary compensation to help them with the damages that have been inflicted upon them.
Areas of Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law covers a few different scenarios. It’s really important to understand that this is not the same as criminal law. If a person is assaulted physically, the criminal charges would be addressed in the criminal justice system. But if that assault led to lifelong pain that impeded the victim’s ability to work his or her job, a personal injury lawyer could help pursue compensation for those damages.
Here are some of the most common cases that will be taken on by a personal injury lawyer: Workplace injury / workers’ compensation. If a worker is hurt at work because he or she was put in a dangerous situation (unfit working conditions, faulty supplies, or dangerous physical environment) that the employer should or could have prevented, the employer can be held accountable for the consequences.
Medical malpractice is when a medical professional. acts (or fails to act) in a manner deemed inappropriate by their peers, and consequently causes harm or death to the patient.
When someone drives irresponsibly and kills or maims an innocent bystander or safe driver, a few months in jail does nothing to help aforementioned victim in their recovery process. Personal injury law is a way to seek compensation for emotional trauma, and to help the victim with expenses related to the accident.
Slip and Fall
When a city is responsible for a public area, and when a business owns property that members of the public is invited to enter for the sake of doing business , they are responsible for adequately ensuring these places are safe for the people entering. If a person slips and falls because of unkempt property, that individual may actually be eligible for damages from the party responsible for upkeep. Examples include wet (or dirty) floors in a store, loose carpeting or floorboards in a county or city building, and exceptionally hazardous parking lots.
These are just a few of the situations that a personal injury attorney is trained to handle. If you find yourself in a situation where you have been harmed because of someone’s actions, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional damages. If the negligence in question has led to the death of a loved one, your family may be able to pursue financial compensation for wrongful death, emotional trauma, and lost financial support from future wages.
Personal Injury Law