Severe injuries cover a broad spectrum of legal issues when one has been physically or emotionally injured, and/or personal property has been damaged. In legal circles, severe injuries and personal injury can also be known as “tort” law, the French word for “wrong.” Personal injury or “tort” law is the body of law that allows one to be compensated in the event that someone’s carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct injures or damages you or your personal belongings.
Automobile accidents are classic examples of the types of events covered by tort law. If someone hits the back of your car while you are stopped at a red light, that person commits a tort, and is referred to as the “tortfeasor” (French for “wrongdoer”). In America that person is generally referred to as the “defendant” once a lawsuit is filed, and the person harmed is called a “plaintiff” or “claimant.”
State law usually governs personal injury and severe injury lawsuits, but federal law may apply in certain circumstances. For example, an injury suffered on federal property may be covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act, or liability for severe injuries suffered in an airplane crash may be governed by international treaties. A claim for personal injury must be accompanied by an injury that can be compensated. In other words, one must prove an injury in order to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you could not recover damages if you were not injured in some way.
The law of personal injury and severe injury is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable,” or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury. Personal injury law can be classified in the following three broad categories, or degrees of fault: negligence, intentional torts and strict liability torts. Each category is comprised of different types of legal wrongs (or “causes of action”), and indicates a different “standard of care” that may apply to a given incident.
In all matters involving personal injury or severe injuries it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.
In our experience, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often involve the most catastrophic injuries. Many car crashes, particularly rear-end and head-on crashes, involve extremely severe injuries as well. Some common examples include:
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious, catastrophic injury, the Buchanan Firm can help. We understand how important a settlement or verdict can be in recovery. Our team handles each case with that fact in mind.
The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. Contact us today.