Lawrence University.org – There is a law that governs personal injuries and this is called personal injury law. This law protects individuals who, by some unfortunate circumstances, were hurt because of:
- Gross negligence
Suffering from personal injury entitles you to compensation for what happened. Why? This is because not only will you be suffering from physical trauma; you would also be going through financial losses brought about by medical expenses and time off work, emotional stress, and possibly, a disability.
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Liability and Damages
With personal injury law, two aspects are covered: liability and damages. Liability refers to who is responsible for the injury, and damages would refer to the extent of the damage brought upon you and others.
Liability is comprised of 3 levels of claims, which are:
- Negligence: This claim states that the defendant could have prevented the accident had he not been negligent. As such, he is solely responsible for what happened.
- Strict Liability: This claim states that the product was found to be defective thereby causing the injury.
- Intentional Wrong: This claim states that the injury was intentionally caused by the defendant, and this should be filed along with a criminal claim.
Personal Injury Categories
If you have suffered from an injury due to the following, you could file a personal injury claim.
- Motor accidents: This includes trucks, cars, and motorbike accidents which resulted to injury on your part.
- Fall: A slip or a fall that occurred in another person’s property entitles you to a claim, if you got injured because of it.
- Medical negligence: Malpractice by any health provider and other medical mistakes that caused injury to you.
- Drug defects: Prescription drugs that were defective, recalled, or have very harmful side effects which resulted to you sustaining injury.
- Dog bites: If a dog has bitten you, the dog owner is held liable.
- Birth injury: Negligence and medical malpractice which resulted to birth defects.
- Product defects: Defective products that caused injuries to users.
- Workplace injury: Any injury that was sustained in the workplace.
- Wrongful death: Negligence that resulted to the death of an individual.
Your personal injury lawyer can help you file these claims, and this legal practitioner will also determine the course of action to take.