Personal injury law is the body of legal rules that enables people to sue for monetary damages when they are injured as a result of the negligence or wrongful acts of others. It covers a wide range of injuries including physical, emotional, psychological and reputational harm.
A victim can file a lawsuit against the party responsible for their injuries, and seek damages in order to cover medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Often, personal injury cases result in substantial compensation, as victims and their families are able to recover from their losses.
Negligence: The most common basis of liability in a personal injury case is negligence. Under negligence, a defendant is held liable when his or her actions fall below the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under similar circumstances.
Some examples of negligence include: – Failure to wear safety equipment, such as a seat belt or helmet – Failure to keep your vehicle in good condition, such as by keeping it clean and free of debris and oil – Intentional acts such as driving drunk or engaging in reckless behavior – Intentional acts such as failing to maintain your premises adequately if you own your own home / business – Intentional acts such as spitting on another’s property or causing a trespassing accident – Intentional acts such as intentionally damaging or defacing a public or private property (for example, graffiti or vandalism)
Liability can be determined by assessing a variety of factors including: – The defendant’s knowledge, experience and background. For instance, if a doctor administers first aid in an emergency situation, they may be liable for the injured in a car accident while someone who is a layperson performing the same action may not.
– The proximate cause of the injury – how closely the defendant’s actions led up to the injury or directly caused it. A defendant can be held liable for an injury if they are the direct cause or if they were the intervening cause of the accident that led up to the injury, such as in a car accident where the driver was speeding but then hit a pedestrian.
If you were involved in an accident, it is essential to contact a qualified injury lawyer immediately. They can assess the merits of your claim, and help you understand if you have a valid case. They can also guide you through the process of filing your claim. They can also assist you with obtaining any necessary medical attention and getting you the financial compensation that you deserve.