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What Is A Personal Injury?

The shortest answer to this question is a non-property injury. If the injury happens directly to you, it is a personal injury. A personal injury is categorized under tort law, which includes civil wrongs. If a tort is committed, it is grounds for a lawsuit, and a personal injury lawyer handles such cases.

Physical Injuries

A physical injury harms your body. It may be from an accident or illness. Some accident-related examples of injuries that are often caused by the negligence of others include:

Car accidents
Motorcycle accidents
-Pedestrian accidents
-Faulty products
-Medical malpractice
-Workplace accidents
-Slips, trips or falls

These are just a few of many examples. Some people are injured because of illnesses that are preventable. For example, you may have seen commercials about mesothelioma. People who worked in places where they were exposed to asbestos can seek compensation if they developed the illness. A person who develops lung cancer from toxic air at a factory may file a lawsuit. An individual who contracted sepsis or MRSA after a simple surgery could file a lawsuit against a hospital.

Psychological And Emotional Injuries

In most cases, psychological injuries accompany other damage claims. Psychological damages happen when a person suffers mental health issues because of the tort. For example, a person who files a defamation lawsuit could collect money for lost income, reputation repair and required mental health care after the trauma. If a person is disfigured or permanently disabled because of a botched surgery, that patient could sue the surgeon for future medical costs along with mental anguish. In addition to compensation for pain and suffering, the individual may need extra money for psychological care if he or she develops depression. A good attorney would make sure that the necessary psychological care costs are added to the amount requested for compensation of medical funds for physical care.

When Is A Personal Injury Not Grounds For A Lawsuit?

The simplest rule to remember in personal injury lawsuits is that negligence must be provable for the claim to be valid. For example, if your employer refused to replace two light bulbs over your factory work station that were burned out and you were injured because you could not see well, you have grounds for a lawsuit. The employer had a duty to provide a safe work environment. Each case is unique, and it may be hard to determine if a case is valid without examining all supporting evidence. Morelli Law Firm can analyze cases to see if they warrant personal injury lawsuits.