In the United States, when someone is injured or becomes ill because of another party’s negligence, recklessness or malice, the party that caused the injury or illness may be liable for the harm they caused. In law, the term personal injury is used to cover any sort of injury or illness that was caused by others and was not caused by anything the victim did or did not do.

Personal injury claims comprise a large portion of the civil claims that get filed each year. Personal injury lawyers protect the rights of these kinds of victims by fighting to get them and/or their families the compensation they need and are entitled to. There are many, many different areas of personal injury law that lawyers typically specialize in one or more area of. Within these different specialty areas, there are many more nuanced and specific areas of specialty that some lawyers may have an even more niche specialty in. An example of this is medical malpractice is a common specialty area for personal injury lawyers and many may focus on a more specific area of medical malpractice such as a specific procedure, medical device, or even a specific doctor or medical facility.

Common areas of personal injury law include but are not limited to:

  • Assault, Battery, and Other Intentional Torts
  • Dangerous and Faulty Products Liability
  • Defamation: Libel and Slander
  • Dog Bites
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Workplace and Workers Compensation

Accidents Wrongful Death People who have been injured by another person or party’s neglect should not have to suffer financially on top of their injury. In the horrible event someone dies as the result of this, their surviving family members may be entitled to compensation. When someone suffers a personal injury, they may be entitled to compensation for expenses that are the result of their injury, as well as for their pain and suffering. Oftentimes, a personal injury victim’s family is also entitled to compensation for the financial hardship the negligent party’s actions caused. When a much loved family member unnecessarily dies because of a personal injury, their family may be entitled to expenses that are the result of the victim’s injury, financial hardships that come about because of their death, as well as for their grief and suffering. Personal injury is just one of the many kinds of civil law that is practiced in the United States. Be informed about law information and news with Law Associates.