The legal term Personal Injury means an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. In United States courts the term usually refers to a type of tort lawsuit where one person claims that they have injuries caused by the negligence of another person or intentionally inflected on them by another person.
Personal injury often includes bodily harm, emotional distress, and mental distress, whether caused on purpose or by accident.
Common types of Personal Injury claims are car accidents, accidents at work, tripping or assault, accidents at home, accidents caused by defective products, and injuries that occur while traveling for pleasure or business. The term Personal Injury can also include medical and dental accidents, both of which lead to many medical negligence claims every year.
The injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation depending on the intent or negligence of the responsible party.
What Are My Options?
A personal injury case can be dealt with via civil court proceedings that seek a court judgment finding the other party guilty. More commonly such disputes are resolved through informal settlement. Informal early settlement will usually be made between those personally involved in the dispute, their insurers, and attorneys representing each side. A negotiation will be followed by a written agreement in which both sides forgo a lawsuit or any other further action, often after payment of a mutually agreeable amount of money.
The courts also provide alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration, which are a middle ground between settlements and civil lawsuits.
Do I Have a Viable Personal Injury Case?
Every potential personal injury case needs the attention of a lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of the facts, processes, and laws. If your life has been negatively affected by an accident, you will be best served by consulting with an experienced attorney about the decision to pursue a lawsuit. Contact me today for help in making an informed choice.
About Orlando Attorney Thomas Nicholl, D.V.M., J.D.
Thomas Nicholl is both an attorney and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated from Veterinary School in 1975 and has practiced for over 20 years. He also holds a law degree and practices in the Central Florida area. He is a former State of Florida Prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and is licensed with the Florida Bar Association as well as being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Contact Dr. Nicholl to schedule your initial consultation* by calling 407-228-2131
*There is an initial consultation fee of $125 for up to 30 minutes, which is reduced to $50 for veterinary malpractice cases, and which is waived for personal injury and medical malpractice cases.