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.

  1. Slip & Fall Decoding the Oft-Misunderstood Slip and Fall Personal Injury Cases

    Personal injury is a broad term that can cover a number of different injuries. Slip and fall cases are a subset of personal injury cases; however, victims often remain extremely ambivalent about...
  2. Personal Injury How Much Can I Expect from a Bike Accident Claim?

    There's no set formula though to determine how much money you can get after a bicycle accident. As every individual is different, each case is different. You might be able to formulate an estimate...
  3. Car Accident Most Common Driver Errors Resulting in Car Accidents

    A list with detailed explanations of the most common driver errors that result in traffic tickets and auto accidents, as well as how to avoid them.
  4. Dangerous Drugs Pharmaceutical Drug Law: Accountability and Liability

    Drug Law: How pharmaceutical companies obtain approval for drugs and medication and when they may be liable for dangerous or defective products and vaccines.
  5. Law & Procedure Good Samaritan Laws & the Duty to Help or Rescue Someone

    Do you have a legal duty to help or rescue someone else in danger? Do you have a duty to control your children? When are immune from being sued if you help?
  6. Car Accident Parking Lot Accidents: Fault and Liability

    Parking lot accident liability can fall on a driver, pedestrian or lot owner. An explanation of negligence law, placement of fault and situations where liability occurs.
  7. Motorcycle Accident Motorcycle Insurance Requirements & Policies

    What you should consider when choosing motorcycle insurance - it's important to make wise decisions before you ride, such as what umbrella coverage is and more.
  8. Car Accident Auto Accident Liability: Tort & No-Fault Law by State

    If you've been injured in an auto accident, you need to know where to file claims: The driver of your vehicle, the other vehicle and insurance company.
  9. Nursing Home, Elder Abuse The Nursing Home Reform Act and Residents' Rights

    Information about the Nursing Home Reform Act that protects the elderly in nursing homes, establishes rights, visiting rules, transfer conditions and more.
  10. Motorcycle Accident Motorcycle Accident Liability & Best Practices

    An explanation of when someone is and is not liable for a motorcycle accident. Best practices for safety and avoiding legal liability riding a motorcycle.