Personal injury law, what is it?

by | Dec 15, 2014 | Legal

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The legal structure that supports cases in which an individual has been harmed; either physically or mentally through negligent actions of another individual or entity is referred to as “personal injury law” or tort law. In cases where there is personal injury fall under civil law rather than criminal jurisdiction. Personal injury law statutes are very comprehensive.

The bulk of cases involving personal injury have been brought about through negligence on the part of another person or organization. Personal injury attorneys in Iowa City, IA area will assert that the injury would never have happened if the party responsible for the accident had been diligent.

Automobile accidents are handled through personal injury law. There are some “no fault” states where the individuals who were involved in an accident are responsible for their own medical expenses. In other states are considered “fault” states if an individual is found to be responsible for the accident he/she can find themselves responsible for the medical expenses of the injured party. Automobile accidents are not only between two cars, they also include accidents involving pedestrians and collisions with bicycles or motorcycles. Personal injury law only takes into account the physical and/or psychological injury, any property damage such as damage to the vehicle is handled under property laws.

A major component of personal injury law is medical malpractice. When a person believes they were poorly treated, injured or misdiagnosed as a result of poor medical practice, they have the legal right to sue the attending physician or the hospital under the statutes of personal injury law. In order to prove medical malpractice the personal injury attorneys in Iowa City IA must show to the satisfaction of the court that the doctor did indeed act inappropriately and as a result the patient suffered injuries that would not have happened had the doctor acted appropriately and clear damages such as additional treatment resulted.

Slip and fall accidents also fall under personal injury law. A slip and fall accident happens when a property owner fails to provide a safe environment; and as a result of poor lighting, poorly maintained walkways, wet floors, etc. a person suffers unnecessary injury.

Personal injury attorneys in Iowa City IA are engaged to litigate on behalf of clients who suffer any form of injury due to the negligence of others.

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