Personal injury law covers many different situations and provides the opportunity for an injured person to sue another person at fault for those injuries. A person may face both civil and criminal charges for the same action, but the key differences include a lesser burden of proof in civil cases and the fact that civil penalties usually take the form of money damages paid to the injured party.
There are many different types of personal injury cases. Just a few examples include medical malpractice claims, car accident claims, defamation or libel claims, slip and fall or premises liability claims, and toxic tort cases. The common thread in all personal injury cases is that there was a legal duty breached and that the breach caused the harm.
A plaintiff who is successful at making a personal injury claim is generally entitled to past and future medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress compensation. Many personal injury claims settle out of court with the plaintiff receiving a set amount to compensate for all of those things. When an out of court settlement does not occur, the personal injury case may make it to a judge or jury who will decide first on fault and then on damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury through the fault of another person's actions, or if you are involved as a potential defendant in a personal injury claim, please contact us for a FREE case evaluation.