Personal injury law is an area of law that protects the rights of those who have been hurt, whether it is physically or psychologically due to the recklessness or negligence of another. Personal injury law falls under the larger umbrella of tort law. Tort law is defined by the Legal Information Institute as “an act or omission that gives rise to injury or harm to another and amounts to a civil wrong for which courts impose liability. In the context of torts, ‘injury’ describes the invasion of any legal right, whereas ‘harm’ describes the loss or detriment in fact that an individual suffers.” The goal of tort law, and subsequently, personal injury law, is to deter misconduct of negligent offenders and compensate the victim because of their loss.
Personal injury lawyers typically focus on certain types of cases including car accidents, defective drugs, slip and fall injuries, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and dog bites. The designation “personal injury” comes from the damages stemming from these types of cases. Usually, when you are involved in a personal injury case, it is because you have been injured or you have injured someone else. Whenever our firm is deciding whether or not to take a case, one of the principal questions we ask is “Was the person actually injured because of another person’s recklessness?” You have to have been injured to have a viable case.
We understand that sometimes it can be challenging to decide whether or not you have a case. We are here to help you! We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS, and during this consultation, we can assess the facts of your case and help you know what to do next.