What Kinds of Injuries does Personal Injury Law Cover
Personal injury law applies to any injury that one person or business causes another individual. However, the injury must have been caused by intentional, negligent, or reckless actions, or another event covered by strict liability. The most common causes of personal injury that our attorneys have helped clients recover damages for include:
- Medical Malpractice
- Auto Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Infliction of Emotional Distress
- Dram Shop (Alcohol) Liability
- Product Liability
- False Accusations—Defamation of Character by Libel or Slander
- Police Misconduct
- Wrongful Death
- Slip, Trip, and Fall
What Does Personal Injury Law Cover
Personal injury law covers the following issues.
- Physical, Mental, or Reputational Injury: An individual suffers a physical or mental injury or has their reputation damaged.
- Wrongfully Caused: Wrongfully caused injuries refer to when you are injured by another person who was responsible to take care that you did not get injured. There are different levels of wrongfully caused injuries that can lead to different types of liability depending on the circumstances.
- Negligence: If you are injured, the law will typically consider if the person who injured you was acting in a negligent fashion. Negligence means that someone was careless or lacking the use of ordinary care or consideration.
- Recklessness: Recklessness differs from negligence in that a reckless action is one where an individual or entity utterly disrespected your safety. For example, if someone is driving far above the speed limit and hits you or your car, the courts may view them as driving recklessly.
- Intentional Injury Acts: These are intentional actions where someone means to harm you and your accompanying injuries allow you to recover damages. Intentional injury acts could be someone punching you or otherwise injuring you on purpose.
- Strict Liability: Finally, strict liability personal injury cases involve dangerous or defective products. If you are injured from a dangerous or defective problem, the courts will not look at the cause of your injuries as wrongful behavior, but rather presumes the product simply caused your injuries as you were hurt while using the product.
Depending on your individual injuries and the specifics surrounding how you were injured, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact Our DC Law Office for More Information
Finally, for more information regarding what kinds of injuries does personal injury law cover, contact us at 202-803-5676. You can also directly schedule a consultation with one of our skilled attorneys. Additionally, for general information regarding personal injury law, check out our blog.