Personal Injury Law
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. Different jurisdictions describe the damages (or, the things for which the injured person may be compensated) in different ways, but damages typically include the injured person's medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
Common types of personal injury claims include traffic accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability). The term personal injury also incorporates conditions that are often classified as industrial disease cases, including asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma, chest diseases, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases. Of these, the most common are automobile collisions. Personal injury cases may also include toxic torts, in which a contaminant transmitted by air or water causes illness, injury, or death.
Some non-economical damages such as pain and suffering attributed to the damages, like for example having anxiety after a car accident, may be attributed to general damages that can be proved in court and may be entitled to monetary means of compensation. There are other torts, both intentional and non-intentional, that may be pursued and or mixed with personal injury.