Accident & Injury
Accident and Injury Law typically refers to “tort law" - a civil wrong where one person causes injury to another. The injury suffered by the victim can be to a person’s body, their legal rights or their reputation. Liability for causing harm to someone else revolves around whether the person causing the harm exhibited negligent conduct. Negligence means that a person causing injury did not exercise the reasonable care an ordinary person would use. Common personal injury cases include slip and fall accidents, car accidents, defamation, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, dangerous products (product liability), premises liability, dog bites and construction injuries. The goal of injury or tort law is to try to put the injured party back into the same position they would have been in had the injury not occurred. Monetary compensation may include recovery for actual damages, future losses, reasonable medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages or earnings, emotional distress, loss of consortium (companionship of a partner), property damages, legal costs and attorney fees. A related and specialized area of Injury Law is Hospital and Medical Malpractice Law, which covers acts by negligent doctors, nurses, hospital staff and employees involved in nursing home abuse.
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