What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Case?
You may see the phrase “personal injury” on billboards or hear it mentioned on TV advertisements. The phrase is often accompanied by a lawyer making sure you give him a call when you experience an injury.
This may cause you to question, what qualifies as a personal injury case?
It’s a common question and we want to help you out.
Personal Injury Defined
Just because you’ve been injured does not mean you have a personal injury case. Accidents happen and it’s not uncommon for someone to break a bone or need a few stitches.
An injury qualifies as a personal injury case when you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. In other words, a personal injury case may arise whenever a physical or mental injury occurs because of the negligence or carelessness of another. Sometimes, a personal injury may occur because of a defective product or defective workmanship resulting in an injury.
Examples of Personal Injury Cases
There are many different situations that cause injuries that would qualify as examples of personal injury, but the most common examples are:
The most common example is with vehicle accidents. It is everyone’s responsibility and duty to exercise reasonable care while on the road. Whenever someone breaches that duty of care and your injury results, then personal injury law provides that you can recoup your losses on the basic legal theory that the loss should be borne by the one who caused it.
Because every driver has an obligation to exercise reasonable care for the safety of all, should they fail to do that causing harm to another, then the law requires that the injured person be compensated. The court’s function in these cases is to decide where the fault lies and equitably provide for proper compensation.
If you’ve been in an accident or injured because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you have a right to be compensated. The best way for you to know if you have a personal injury case is for you to speak with a lawyer. We are here to listen and help you determine if your injury qualifies as a personal injury case. Contact us today.