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What Is a Personal Injury?

Accidents happen, and the result can sometimes be devastating. However, if the negligence of someone else has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation. The law provides methods to share the cost of accidents equitably based on whether you’ve suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s actions. If you’ve suffered from a personal injury, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury attorney. 

Personal injury lawsuits don’t just cover physical damage and pain. You can also suffer from other kinds of damage, including:

  • Emotional
  • Mental
  • Reputation

These kinds of damage all fit under the umbrella of a personal injury because they consist of damage that affects you directly rather than your property. It’s not enough to just suffer an injury of some kind due to an accident, though. For a personal injury attorney to make a strong case, you need to be able to prove that your injuries were caused by someone else, either through negligence or intentional misconduct.

What Is Negligence

Liability for damage is based on whether the defending person acted in an intentionally harmful or negligent way. Many situations involve a duty of care, and this is something your personal injury attorney looks at when working on your case.

Reckless driving is a great example of one of the ways that a personal injury can occur through negligence. When driving your car, you’re expected to be careful and respectful of other people. Failure to do this can lead to you being liable for a personal injury that someone else suffers due to your negligence.

Often, the situation is more complex than this but proving that negligence occurs is one of the biggest hurdles before rewarding compensation for a personal injury. You will also need to prove that you’ve experienced pain and suffering.

If You Need Legal Advice Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been involved in an accident, you need to seek legal advice from a competent and experienced personal injury attorney. Robert J. DeBry & Associates are experienced in handling all kinds of situations, including complicated personal injury cases caused by faulty products or drugs released by big business.

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