Boston Personal Injury Information Center
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Torts and personal injury law covers civil cases in which a person seeks compensation for injuries to his or her body or property as a result of another person’s action or failure to act. These cases might involve a physical injury from an accident, an unsafe product or another dangerous situation. They could also involve a psychological injury that arises from sustaining a serious physical injury, witnessing a traumatic event, or being a part of a traumatic event.
Torts and personal injury involves civil legal wrongs. A personal injury case can fall into one of two tort categories:
Intentional, where an injury is caused deliberately or with a reckless disregard for the consequences;
Negligent, where an injury is caused unintentionally.
What is the potential outcome of a personal injury case?
A person who makes a personal injury claim seeks damages. Damages are monetary compensation for losses resulting from the injury. This amount may include direct economic losses caused by the injury such as medical expenses, loss of earnings, and if the injury is ongoing, the loss of future earnings. A person may also seek compensation for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering.
What might I be asked to prove?
In a personal injury case, you and your attorney will be asked to prove that the person who caused the injury was legally liable for the damages you sustained. To prove that someone is legally wrong, you must show a few specific things, including that the person:
- Had a particular duty or legal obligation to act a certain way
- Failed to meet that legal obligation or violated that duty
- Caused the injury because of that failed obligation
- Depending on the type of case, there may be many more elements of the case that you will need to prove