Personal Injury Law Basics

Core pillar of injury laws and common questions answered

Overview: What is personal injury?

"Personal injury" is a type of tort lawsuit in which the person suing (the "plaintiff") has suffered physical, emotional or financial harm due to the actions of the person being sued (the "defendant").

Negligence is the most common cause of personal injury. Types of personal injury negligence include gross negligence, reckless conduct, intentional misconduct and, in rare cases, strict liability.

Every personal injury claim has two basic issues: liability and financial compensation. The financial costs a plaintiff can recover are known as "damages," which typically include the injured person's medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.

Visit our Accidents page for more information on the most common types of personal injury claims, including car accidents, work accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death and more.

Personal injury guides

Are you or a loved one still reeling after an accident? You need real answers to help you deal with real life challenges facing your recovery. Get started here to learn about the core pillars of personal injury law and the common questions surrounding them.

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