Understanding Personal Injury Law

February 10, 2017

The personal injury lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC have dedicated their careers to helping those who have been injured by others.  Contact us today if you or a loved one has been injured.

What Are the Types of Personal Injury Law?

There are many types of personal injury law.  This area of law is particularly complex and you should consult your personal injury attorney if you have any questions.  There are a several broad categories of personal injury law that we will discuss here.

Negligent or Reckless Acts.  When someone acts without regard to the safety or wellbeing of others they have acted in a negligent or reckless manner.  Examples of negligent or reckless acts include:

  • Operating a vehicle in a dangerous or unsafe manner (speeding, driving while intoxicated, etc.).
  • The unsafe operation of a gun or other weapon.
  • Improper or unsafe handling of food or medicine.

Intentional Acts.  Intentional acts occur when someone seeks to make happen the event that causes injury.  Examples of intentional acts include punching, kicking, shooting, stabbing or other acts of violence meant to cause harm that are directed at another.  Businesses can also act intentionally.  For example, where a business purposefully disregards environmental laws and dumps hazardous materials that cause harm.

Strict Lability.  Strict liability covers certain types of acts (such as the keeping of wild animals, inherently dangerous activities, and defective product designs) where certain legal elements need not be proven for a party to be liable for harms they have caused.  This can be an especially complicated area of the law.

You deserve compensation for the injuries you have suffered and it does not matter if the act that caused the harm was negligent, reckless or intentional.  Contact us today so we can explain all your rights and option under the law.

What Are the Types of Compensation That I Can Receive For My Injury?

Personal injury law allows for many types of compensation to be considered.  There are several major types of compensation that may be considered including general and specific damages and punitive damages.

  • General and Specific Damages. General damages are the compensation that the injured party receives for the harm suffered.  Examples of general damages include compensation for pain and suffering.  On the other hand, specific damages are compensation for items such as medical bills that can be directly attributable to the harm caused.
  • Punitive Damages. In certain circumstances, a court may award an injured party punitive damages.  Punitive damages are designed to punish the harming party for their actions and are generally only available where ill-intent or a serious disregard for others can be shown.

You may also be able to collect other types of damages for your injuries.  Contact an Allentown injury attorney today to discuss your case in detail.

Why Should I Choose Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC to Represent Me?

Call us at 888-777-7098 today for a thorough review of your claim.  At Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC, we pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail and to a strategic approach that is custom-tailored to help you through the entire legal process.