Injury and Accident Law

Overview

When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior cases.

Types of Injury Claims

Personal injuries constitute most injury claims in the United States. Personal injury suits may arise from automobile, plane or boating accidents, medical malpractice, animal or dog bites, defective or dangerous products, "slip and fall" accidents, or intentional assault. A number of personal injury claims also arise from injuries sustained in the workplace, including complications from industrial diseases (asbestosis, asthma, etc.), repetitive strain injury and occupational stress. Other injury claims include suits for libel, slander, defamation and property damage.

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