What is personal Injury Law?
Often the term Personal Injury Law is thrown around and used quite casually, as if to assume that it’s a word that everyone should just ‘know’ and use in their vocabulary on a daily basis.
To people who have very little do with lawyers or have had no reason in their life to know anything about how a law firm works or anything to do with law terminology, this is a foreign term, and rightfully so.
Well I’m here to tell you, that although these fancy words are used to describe things, there’s really nothing fancy about them, just the people trying to use them!
We will get down to the heart of it, and find out what all of this ‘not’ so fancy latin really means. Let me give you a quick breakdown, and I promise it won’t be boring and dry like most law related stuff really is.
I promise to keep it all in ‘normal’ non fancy english too! I do think that sometimes all of these big words are often used just to confuse us non-lawyer types.
The term Personal Injury Law is meant to refer to anyone who is involved in a civil case or civil lawsuit. You ask, okay what is this other (dry) term supposed to mean?
Yes, I know I said we’d be using all normal english, and none of that fancy stuff, but to get there, we’ll have to use a few of those ‘not so fancy’ foreign sounding lawyers terms to make sense of this all. Okay, let’s carry on..
A civil lawsuit is a lawsuit that involves two parties, and is a private dispute between two people or two organizations generally over wrong doing or in lawyer terms this is referred to as ‘wrongful conduct’.
When people sue one another, especially in Personal Injury Law, it’s because they have been hurt as a result of the actions of another, and therefore would like compensation or money for their injuries and losses as a result of their injuries.
There is no link between Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law other than they are both facets of law. Criminal Law is a whole other ball game that we will save for another (dry) day!
To give you an example of when you would need to hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, lets just say that you were out doing some Christmas shopping for your loved ones, and wanted to check out this department store.
Well on your way into this department store, and in getting sidetracked with the busyness of the season and all of the great decorations in the windows, you failed to notice the ice all over the walkway when you were about to enter the store, which you normally would have noticed.
So as you were about to go into the store, you fell and I mean you really fell, and fell hard. As a result of falling, you wrecked your back and now have a very bad back injury that won’t allow you to do anything, and everything you do causes you pain including sitting at your desk to do work.
Okay I know, a long story and you get the picture. The short of it, you injured your back and who knows what else in your body as a result of this fall while shopping.
As we all know, it’s up to the store to make sure that their storefront is clear of any ice, snow or debris that could potentially cause harm, which like in this case it did.
Now I’m not a ‘fancy’ lawyer here, and I didn’t go to some ‘fancy’ school to be able to tell you any of this, but I think it’s pretty obvious as to what happened here, and this is by ‘no’ part any fault of your own, but quite clearly this is as a result of the stores negligence to keep the storefront clean for customers and any other people.
This is the time when you would absolutely want to ‘consult’ with a lawyer or in regular english, you would want to call a lawyer to see what can be done and should be done.
Now you don’t just want to call any lawyer in this case, but you would want to call a Personal Injury Lawyer, so basically a lawyer who is well versed in ‘Personal Injury Law’, and knows how these things work.
A lawyer who works within Personal Injury Law deals with people like yourself all day long and should and normally does have a great understanding as how to handle a case such as yours.
This is all Personal Injury Lawyers like this do all day long, and yes although their cases may vary from one type of accident to another, the process is the same, and it’s their job to try and get as much money for you as they can for your ‘settlement’, which as a result means that they too will make more once the case is settled.
That my friend is Personal Injury Law in a nutshell without any (okay most) of the ‘fancy’ terminology. I tried to avoid giving you the same old generic ‘personal injury law wikipedia’ version or the actual ‘personal injury law definition’ given in the dictionary or on some fancy law site with all of the huge words, but something that was written in plain old english and easy to understand, just as I would want it.
I hope you enjoyed this, and everything makes a little more sense to you now as a result. Maybe now we actually have a bit of an understanding as well what all of these ‘fancy’ lawyers do besides talking in Latin all day long and sitting behind a huge desk in suits all day long!