Personal injury law has a special place in the American justice system: it holds negligent people responsible, and it helps victims win justice and pay off the medical bills and other expenses that they may owe. If you've ever been injured because of somebody else, chances are, personal injury law could have done something about it. But what is personal injury law? What exactly is a personal injury case?
These huge questions are impossible to answer in just a few words, but personal injury law is basically a vast area of law dedicated to protecting your rights. Personal injury law allows you to recover money for physical injuries, property damage, or even emotional damage caused by another person. Personal injuries can come in a number of forms:
- Obviously, if somebody purposely harms you, the law will probably be on your side in helping you win the justice you deserve for the injuries the other person has caused you.
- Even when another person injured you by behaving negligently or carelessly, you can hold them accountable before the law. For example, if another driver is speeding and not paying attention before he rear-ends you, causing you costly injuries, you have a right to win compensation from him for his carelessness. In another example, perhaps your employer overexposed you to dangerous chemicals that caused you sickness. According to personal injury law, you deserve compensation.
- A third type of personal injury claims is based on the legal doctrine of strict liability. Strict liability laws allow you to recover damages because the other party was engaged in a certain conduct, regardless of whether or not they were negligent. For example, if an alcohol vendor believes that a group of her customers are not minors, she is still held liable if they turn out to be underage. In a recent, real-life example, ifa manufacturer sells produce that's later linked to a hepatitis breakout, the manufacturer is held responsible whether or not it was negligent.
As you can see, personal injury law is truly broad. Personal injury cases can arise from any number of circumstances. At the Kyle Law Firm, for example, we cover personal injury cases including car accidents,medical malpractice, products liability, slip and fall, andwrongful death. Contrary to popular belief, personal injury lawyers often handle cases that don't involve a physical injury at all - for example, the negligent destruction of your property could easily fall under personal injury law.
As such, even though you can try to do a lot of research on your own, it's difficult to know whether or not you have a viable case without reaching out to experienced personal injury attorneys. At the Kyle Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to winning justice for our clients and we will always offer a free initial consultation. We don't even collect a single penny if we don't win you your personal injury case.