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.