Personal Injury Overview in the U.S.


Personal injury comes about when a person causes physical or mental harm to another through negligence or through a harmful act.  In criminal cases, the government punishes the perpetrator.  Under personal injury law, the victim may also pursue a civil suit, also known as a tort action, against the offender.  We provide referrals to attorneys who are right for your case and who can answer the questions you may have.


A tort is a personal injury and has three elements.  The first is a legal obligation between the wrongdoer and the injured person.  The second is a breach of that obligation.  The third is the damage that happens because of that breach.  When all three are present, a tort has occurred, whether the harm was caused by intentional acts, negligence, or simply the inherent liability that exists legally, known as strict liability.


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