The term “personal injury” is a common phrase, yet many people do not understand its true legal meaning. Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to a person, rather than to property. This injury may be physical or emotional and was most often caused as a result of negligence, malpractice or even intentional wrongdoing.
The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm are dedicated to helping victims of personal injuries obtain the compensation they deserve as a result of their injuries.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The same is true if you have lost a loved one as a result of a personal injury accident. We are dedicated to assisting personal injury victims and their families from St. Louis, greater Missouri and Illinois.
What Kind of Cases are Included in Personal Injury?
“Liability” is just a fancy word for “fault”. In a personal injury claim, it is possible for more than one party to be responsible for your accident. As an example, if you were injured in a trucking accident, it is possible that you might have a claim against the truck driver’s employer (Transportation Company) as well, depending on the reasons for the crash.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
The area of law that encompasses personal injuries is known as “torts”. There are three main types of torts – intentional, strict liability and negligent. The vast majority of personal injury cases involve negligence.
After someone has sustained an injury, he or she has the right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party in civil court. This person, the plaintiff, will allege the defendant (the person who caused the accident) acted in some way to cause injury or contribute to the injury of the plaintiff. The burden of proof will be on the plaintiff to prove that it is more likely true than not that the defendant failed to provide a reasonable level of care and that this failure was the cause or contributing cause of the plaintiff’s injury. In addition to proving liability, the plaintiff may also have to prove the monetary value of his or her case based on medical care, emotional trauma, lost wages and various other types of measurements of suffering. Each case and plaintiff is unique and the type of damages can vary from person to person.
Contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm today by calling toll free 1.800.635.3302 or locally, 314.276.1681 or use our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation. Your case is safe with us.