Personal Injury

Definition - What does Personal Injury mean?

Personal injury is a physical, emotional, or psychological injury inflicted on an individual by someone else. Personal injury also refers to the damage done to an individual's rights, reputation, or property by someone else. Although most personal injury claims allege negligence, intentional harm allegations in defamation lawsuits are also covered under personal injury.

Justipedia explains Personal Injury

An injury that is suffered by a victim (plaintiff), whether physical, emotional or psychological, that is caused by someone else is called personal injury. Personal injury refers to a type of tort lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleges that the defendant's negligence caused harm. Negligence is attributed as the main cause in most personal injury cases, except in defamation suits, where intentional harm is also considered as a cause. Common type sof personal injury cases include medical malpractice, slip and fall, auto accidents, animal bites, and product liability. Compensatory and in some cases punitive damages are awarded to the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit if the allegations levied by the plaintiff are found to be true by a judge or jury. The attorneys who represent a victim in a personal injury lawsuit are commonly called personal injury lawyers.

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