Most civil lawsuits must prove two things: liability and damages. Liability means someone did something negligently or otherwise unlawfully and this action caused someone else injury. Damages are the measure of that injury. In some lawsuits, like business litigation involving contracts, the injury is only financial. A “personal injury” lawsuit means someone’s “person” was injured. This usually means a physical, bodily injury in addition to economic damages.
The law measures the damages you are entitled in different ways depending on the specifics of your case. Generally, you are entitled to things such as medical bills you incurred in the past and will incur in the future, pain you suffered in the past and will suffer in the future, and permanent changes to the way you live your life.
The most common type of personal injury case is a car accident, but this is far from the only one. People are hurt when buildings are unsafe, when products aren’t designed well, when things aren’t properly maintained, etc. There are endless ways people can get hurt and therefore endless types of personal injury suits.
If you have been injured and think it might be someone else’s fault, let us know what happened. We might be able to help.