Personal Injury Cases in New York and New Jersey
The term “personal injury” is used a lot within the legal field, but do you know what it actually means? Personal injury is a legal term used to describe an injury to the body, mind or emotions and is separate from injury to property. When personal injury is used to describe a type of lawsuit, it usually means that the plaintiff is alleging that his or her injury was caused by the defendant’s negligence.
Car accidents, work-related accidents, slip and falls, assaults, dog bites and defective products are among the many causes of personal injuries in New York. Personal injury can be caused by medical malpractice or dental negligence and exposure to harmful chemicals, such as asbestos or lead. These cases can even include work-related illnesses, such as chest diseases, vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermititus and repetitive strain injuries.
In a personal injury lawsuit, if it can be proven that the defendant was negligent, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation for his or her injuries. Compensation can include medical expenses and lost wages, in addition to other expenses associated with the personal injury. The idea is that the compensation will help injured victims work towards recovery, pay their medical bills, and move on with their lives.
Pain and suffering, which is the legal term used to describe physical and emotional stress, can be caused by a personal injury. It is common for someone filing a personal injury lawsuit to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to actual money that is lost (i.e. lost wages, medical expenses). Pain and suffering falls under the “general damages” section of the personal injury claim and is also considered an element of “compensatory” damages. These non-economic damages allow the plaintiff to recover for mental stress and/or physical pain that he or she suffered as a result of the injury. The amount of compensation for pain and suffering in a New York personal injury lawsuit varies by case.
If you have suffered an injury caused by negligence, you may be able to file a New York personal injury claim. Contact the The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 800-310-5520.