Types of Personal Injuries

There are several common types of personal injuries:

  •     Auto accidents
  •     Motorcycle accidents
  •     Boating accidents
  •     Trucking accidents
  •     Railroad accidents
  •     Slip-and-fall accidents
  •     Medical and dental accidents
  •     Sexual abuse
  •     Dog bites
  •     Injuries that occur because products malfunction or fail
  •     Work-related accidents
  •     Wrongful death

Most personal injuries fall into the category of law known as torts. Torts are a type of civil, not criminal, law. It is a way to hold someone else legally responsible for your injuries.

Most personal injury cases involve negligence. To have a valid case, your personal injury attorney must be able to show that your injury was caused by the negligence of another party. To prove negligence, your injury lawyer must prove four separate things:

  • Duty of care: The negligent party had an obligation to act prudently to avoid injuring the other party
  • Breach of duty: The negligent party knowingly exposed the injured party to a substantial risk of injury or didn't even realize (but should have) that there was a substantial risk
  • Direct cause: The negligent party's deliberate acts, or lack of action, caused the injury
  • Harm: The injured party suffered a financial loss because of the negligent party's negligence (a medical bill, for example, would be a monetary loss)

Additionally, damages are designed to compensate someone for their injury.

Personal Injury Laws Vary from State to State

Tort laws vary from state to state. If you have suffered a personal injury, talk to a personal injury attorney who has experience in your jurisdiction.  Additionally, you can find state specific personal injury information below.


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