Three characteristics distinguish personal injuries from other kinds of legal harms:
The third criterion matters because simply being negligent or acting recklessly does not expose a person or organization to liability for a personal injury. Under law, a specific action must cause a specific harm to merit a claim for personal injury.
If this reads too much like legalese, you can at least excuse the Cleveland, OH, personal injury lawyers with Agee Mitchell Clymer and Portman for being lawyers. Very precise, sometimes seemingly circular, definitions inform everything we do. The precision also matters greatly to plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits because simply suffering a physical injury, brain damage, or emotional distress does not, by itself, qualify a person to receive compensation and payments for damages.
A full list of personal injuries would run into the tens of thousands of items. It would range from broken bones and cancer to concussions and post-traumatic stress disorder. Any attempt at comprehensiveness would likely fall short in any event, because new ways of hurting people seem to appear daily.
Here are just a handful of the most common types of personal injuries that give rise to insurance claims and court cases:
Car accidents and truck crashes come most quickly to mind when thinking about personal injuries, but several types of errors or irresponsible behavior can result in harm. These include dangerous and defective products, medical malpractice, wrong-site surgeries, dog bites, maintaining unsafe worksites, and failing to secure premises. That last category encompasses the kinds of injuries most people refer to as slips and falls. Just one example would be walking down a store’s aisle and having a heavy box fall on one’s head. Again, a fuller list could run into the thousands; the short version is that businesses, property managers, and homeowners have legal obligations to ensure the safety and health of customers and visitors.
Returning to the third characteristic of what makes a personal injury a personal injury in the eyes of the law, the skilled and experienced Ohio personal injury attorneys of Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman can help injured individuals draw straight lines between the harms they suffered and the negligence or recklessness of the responsible parties. Whether a driver ran a red light and hit you in a crosswalk, a doctor prescribed the wrong drug in the wrong dose, or a damaged set of stairs outside an apartment building went unrepaired, you can count on us to pull together and present the evidence required to hold the careless or heedless individual or corporation accountable. To learn how, contact us online or call (800) 678-3318 to request a no-cost case consultation.