Legal Term of The Month: Personal Injury

Have you ever wanted someone to explain to you all the legal terms lawyers tend to throw around when talking about your cases? Well, we’re here to do that. In our Legal Term of The Month Series we will pick one term and break it down for you each month!

Personal Injury law refers to the legal remedies and defenses involved in civil lawsuits brought as a result of wrongful conduct. It is the area of law which covers all physical, financial, and emotional injuries caused by another person or party’s negligence in using reasonable care. Personal injury cases are considered to be civil torts, rather than a criminal lawsuit. In fact, the word “tort” comes from a Latin term meaning twist, wrong, or harm. In contrast to criminal law, a tort action does not involve the government prosecuting the wrongdoer. Rather, these cases involve a private plaintiff seeking compensation (usually money) for the harm caused by the defendant’s actions.

Personal injury cases can be said to follow the doctrine of negligence. Basically, this doctrine requires every member of society to act responsibly and avoid putting others at risk. Some common examples of negligence include accidents caused by drivers who are drunk or texting, and medical complications due to carelessness on the part of a physician.

Getting compensated doesn’t have to be confusing anymore! At Gardner Injury Law, it is our priority to make sure our clients understand their case and are always in the loop. If you or a loved one has been in an accident caused by the negligence of another, please be sure to call us at 770-933-8661 to get your personal injury case started with a lawyer and staff who will guide you every step of the way.