Personal injury is usually defined as an injury that is physical or mental that happens as a result of the actions of an external party. Personal injury is an injury that happens to someone as a result of negligence from the other party or an intent to do harm on purpose. It can also be a result of liability, which essentially means that someone is liable or responsible in some way for the harm. Liability is a legal term that means that an individual is or may be subject to legal obligation. When one or more person is or may be responsible, it is called joint liability. When someone is involved in distributing, producing, or selling products that do not work or have defects and these products injure someone, that is considered ‘strict liability’.


personal-injury-attorney-orlando-floridaIf you have experienced harm as a result of personal injury, you have the right to file a personal injury case. These cases are often founded on the basis of negligence, the assertion that the other party was not paying proper care and caused an event where personal injury occurred. Personal injury cases due to negligence are fairly common when it comes to auto accidents. Let’s say that you’re driving and you brake, but someone rear ends you because they’re texting. This would be a good example of negligence causing personal injury.


Perhaps one of the most upsetting cases an individual could file would be an intentional harm personal injury case. It sounds horrible, but it does happen. They are usually filed as a result of someone acting with intention to hurt you. A personal injury case can occur as a result of assault, emotional distress, battery, false imprisonment, and more. This is more likely to be someone you have been in a relationship with, but it doesn’t have to be.


What are some other types of injuries that can occur? Some common personal injury suits involve accidents of some type. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boat accidents, and accidents where someone slips and falls are all cases that could fall under the umbrella of a personal injury case. Other cases that prompt suits to be filed would be being bitten by a dog or a wrongful death incident, filed on behalf of the deceased. Products malfunctioning with disastrous results could also prompt a suit.


A humorous and fictional example of this would be “The Cornballer” on the television show Arrested Development. This home fryer’s external metal panel consistently heated up to the point of sizzling, causing personal injury if you touch it. This is exaggerated for comedic effect when George demonstrates it for an audience while shooting an infomercial– and swears as he gets burned by his faulty product. A customer who purchased and used this product and then got burned would have a pretty good basis to file a personal injury suit.


The fact of the matter is that we are exposed to injury or potential accidents every day of our lives. The circumstances may vary, but no matter where you are in the world, you could be injured. Personal injury does not discriminate! No matter where you live or what you make, you could sustain a personal injury. These cases are also largely civil cases, not criminal. The goal is to be compensated for suffering, not to send someone to jail in the majority of personal injury cases.


A lawyer can help you go over your personal injury experience and determine if you have a case. Your lawyer must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your injury was directly caused as a result of the actions of someone else. If you have been injured and want to see what your options are, visit a personal injury attorney today and determine your next course of action.