What Kinds of Cases Involve Personal Injury Law?

March 17, 2021

Personal injury law, also known as “tort” law, allows an injured person to file a civil lawsuit in a court to obtain legal remedies (“damages“) for all losses stemming from an accident or other incident causing personal injury.

The purpose of personal injury law is to allow the injured person to be financially compensated or “made whole” after he or she has suffered harm due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful intentional conduct.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful intentional conduct, a Doylestown personal injury attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis can help.

When Does Personal Injury Law Apply?

There are a wide variety of circumstances in which personal injury law applies, including:

  • Accidents. In situations where someone acts in a negligent manner, and that negligent behavior causes injury to another person, this situation would give rise to a personal injury claim. For example, slip and fall incidents, car accidents, and medical malpractice, among other types of cases where negligence causes injury, are situations where personal injury law applies.
  • Intentional Wrongful Acts. Personal injury laws apply in situations where someone’s intentional wrongful conduct causes injury to another person. Examples of this include assault and battery, false imprisonment, fraud, trespassing, and other intentional torts.
  • Defective Products. When a consumer product, such as vehicle components, medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs or devices, or other products are defective or unreasonably dangerous, anyone harmed by the use of such product might be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.
  • Dangerous Premises. Premises liability holds a property owner responsible for any damages arising from an injury on the owner’s property. Owners who occupy a property must make a reasonable effort to maintain a safe environment for visitors. Failure to keep the property safe for visitors results in “premises liability.” 
  • Dog Bites. In most cases, the dog owners are financially responsible for bites and other injuries caused by the dog, although the specific laws on owner responsibility vary from state to state. In some cases, strict liability rules exist, and therefore, the dog owner is going to be liable for dog bite damages even if the dog has never shown any aggression or a propensity to bite in the past.

In Pennsylvania, proof of the owner’s negligence is required to recover the full extent of your damages, although some damages are available under strict liability.

For Help With Any Personal Injury, Contact a Doylestown Personal Injury Attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis

As discussed above, personal injury law applies to numerous situations where another person is responsible for your injury. 

If you have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, your first call, even before calling the insurance company, should be to a Doylestown personal injury attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis. They can help you with any type of personal injury, including those that result in serious injury or death.  

For further information and to schedule your free consultation, contact us.