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The term personal injury refers to harm to a person rather than an injury to property. The injury does not have to be physical — personal injuries may be physical, mental, or emotional. A personal injury is a type of tort. A tort is a legal action someone takes against a wrongdoer. Torts are part of the civil legal system, not the criminal legal system. Torts can be instead of criminal actions or in addition to criminal acts. The wrongdoer does not have to commit a crime to be liable. They have to be negligent — failing to live up to the standard of care of a reasonable person.

Potential personal injury lawsuits:

If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you. They can discuss the facts of your injury with you and determine whether you have a claim against other wrongdoers. If so, they can advise you on whether you should file an insurance claim or pursue a lawsuit.

Lawyers can also investigate the accident, gathering evidence to help support your claim. Their investigations can also help identify parties who may be liable for their injuries. They will look at whether potential defendants have insurance or resources that they can use to pay any claims against you. When they understand the full extent of your injuries, they can help you understand the potential value of any claims you may have. Their help can put you in the best position to make decisions about your claims.

In fact, knowledge is one of the most significant advantages of consulting a personal injury attorney. The attorney can provide you with the information you need to make decisions about how to pursue your claim. They can use their expertise to negotiate settlements on your behalf. If your case does not settle, they can file suit and pursue the claim in court.

To find out more, schedule a consultation. A lawyer will give you case-specific information to help you understand your individual rights, responsibilities, and potential remedies.