Personal injury is part of tort law and encompasses several theories of law under which one can hold accountable another for unreasonable behavior leading to damages. The ultimate goal of personal injury law is to replace damage that was done to the claimant with monetary and other valuable compensation.

The leading theory and the one most commonly used to attach liability on the tort feasor (wrongdoer) in a personal injury claim is negligence. The theory of negligence is largely based on the concept of fault. In order to collect damages for the harm done, the claimant must prove several things, such as: the duty of care one owes to another; the standard of care expected by one from another; breach of the duty of care; and damage(s) either physical, emotional or monetary, resulting directly and proximate from the tort feasor’s conduct.

A personal injury (PI) is anything that results in temporary or permanent damage upon the person (or interest), such as: a bruise, cut, strain or sprain upon a muscle or tendon; a fracture; an injury to a cervical, thoracic or lumbar disc; a head injury; amputation; loss of hearing or vision; headaches; disease or some other harm.

TYPICAL TORTS (acts that cause personal injury):

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and falls on premises (homes or commercial properties)
  • Medical malpractice
  • Slip and fall on ice and snow
  • Dog bites
  • Assaults and/or batteries
  • Injuries from faulty products, including harmful medications
  • Injuries from faulty construction of structures, roads or public ways

If you believe your personal injury was caused by one of the typical torts above, or your personal injury was caused by a more unusual act of negligence, contact The Law Office of Peter Georgiou for help in determining your next step toward compensation.