What Is Personal Injury Law?

Unexpected injuries occur much more frequently than many of us like to admit. In many instances these tragedies — though unexpected — could have been prevented if someone had been more careful while driving, building a house, operating heavy equipment, taking care of a patient, or responding to an unsafe condition at home or on the job.

In the eyes of the law, if another person or company causes harm or injury, or fails to act in a reasonable manner, they may be held responsible for any injuries that result from their actions or lack of actions.

Personal injury law refers to the legal remedies to compensate an individual who suffers injuries or damages as a result of wrongful conduct. This allows the victim to be compensated for the harm caused by the actions of the wrongdoer ("defendant").

Most personal injury cases are based on the doctrine of negligence. In essence, negligence requires every member of society to act responsibly and avoid putting others at risk. One who violates that duty is named as a "defendant" in a lawsuit.

Once negligence has been established in a personal injury case, the insurance company for the defendant must compensate the plaintiff for all injuries or damages caused by the defendant's negligence or wrongful conduct. Certain types of damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages, property damage and medical bills. For other types, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of earning capacity, expert testimony may be required. Punitive damages, meant to punish and deter particularly egregious conduct, may also be available.

Helping New Jersey Residents Protect Their Rights

Your rights to recovery and compensation are important, and we want to be there for you. Contact the Law Offices of Richard A. Greifinger, in Newark, today at 973-242-1500 or through our contact form for a free consultation.