Personal Injury Law

Injuries occur each and every day in the United States. Some of the injuries are accidents that are not anyone’s fault, but others are accidents that have the potential to be criminal. Many cases of personal injury law that end up in the court room are medical malpractice cases, slip and fall accidents, and sometimes situations where gross negligence was the factor causing the accident.

In personal injury law, not every personal injury case involves only two people. While many incidents, such as car accidents, generally involve only two people, some involve much more. As an example, some medical related injury cases such as an operation gone wrong involve an entire staff. The number of people involved in the personal injury will be considered during a personal injury claim and ensuing legal situation.

If more than one person is injured or otherwise part of an accident, it can be hard to determine who should be made to pay the damages. In some states all involved parties are responsible for paying the entire judgment. In other states, the defendants of the personal injury case are only responsible for a part of the judgment that is usually in direct proportion to their involvement.

If several members of a group are involved in a medical related personal injury claim, the doctor might be found to be responsible for half of the injury. At the same time, a nurse might be held fifteen per cent responsible for the injury. In this case, the doctor would be responsible for covering 50 per cent of the entire judgment allotted to the patient while the nurse would have to pay fifteen per cent.

There are certain (and frequent) situations where the personal injury occurs and the victim is the one at fault. This can happen in after a car accident or vehicle collision when the injured driver was found to be driving recklessly or without proper caution. With personal injury in most states, there are two different outcomes when a victim is found to be negligent.

If you, the injured party, is found to have contributed to the injury through your own negligence in a small degree then the damages you receive will be reduced. For example, if you are found to be twenty percent responsible for the injury you incurred, then when a final judgment is made the defendant would be responsible for eighty percent of it. However, if you are determined to be more responsible than the defendant you may not be able to receive any compensation at all. With this in mind be very careful when filing a personal injury claim if you feel that you contributed to the majority of the injury yourself.