18 Nov Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law (also known as tort law) allows an injured person to go to civil court and get a legal remedy (damages) for all losses stemming from an accident or other incident. The purpose of the personal injury system is to allow the injured person to be compensated financially or “made whole” after he or she has suffered harm due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional conduct.
The fact that mishaps are fairly commonplace does not detract from the pain and confusion that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. If you decide to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident or injury, you may have a number of general questions about “personal injury” cases.
The Basics of Personal Injury
There are a wide variety of different situations where personal injury rules apply:
Accidents. Personal injury rules apply in situations where someone acts in a negligent manner, and that carelessness causes harm to another person. Examples include car accidents, slip and fall incidents, and medical malpractice, among other types of cases.
Intentional Acts. Personal injury laws apply in situations where a defendant’s intentional conduct causes harm to another person. Examples of this include assault and battery, and other intentional torts.
Defective Products. There are a few situations where a defendant can be found liable for injuries without any negligent or intentional wrongdoing. Examples of this include certain types of product liability claims arising from a defective product.
Defamation. Personal injury laws apply when one person’s defamatory statement causes harm to another person’s reputation.