“These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one’s self… To pass over the mistakes of others… To accept insults and injuries…” – Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
To the average person filing a personal injury claim might seem to be mean, nasty, and vindictive. The quotation mentioned above by Mother Teresa highlights the fact that it is inherently expected that we “accept insults and injuries.”
However, this is not necessarily the case. There is an intrinsic difference between filing a legitimate claim and being petty and vindictive. There are many valid reasons why it is necessary to file a personal injury claim. But before we look at these reasons, let’s look at a succinct definition of the personal injury law or Tort law.
Personal Injury Law
According to Wikipedia, a personal injury is a “legal term for an injury to the body, mind, or emotions as opposed to an injury to property.”
Moreover, the Personal Injury or Tort Law is the section of the law that includes all the lawsuits filed in the civil courts except for contractual disputes. And, the aim and purpose of the Tort Law are to “redress a wrong done to a person and provide relief from the wrongful acts of others.”
Filing a personal injury claim
At this juncture, it is vital to note that negotiating your way around the civil and criminal justice system as a layperson can be challenging. It is far better to hire a personal injury specialist legal firm like Albrecht Law to manage your claim for you.
Professional, knowledgeable, expert attorneys understand the nuances of the Tort Law. Furthermore, they have an intimate understanding of the documents required to file a claim. And, they have been trained on how to negotiate with insurance companies in order to ensure a viable settlement for their clients.
Valid physical, mental or emotional physical injuries
It stands to reason that not all physical or emotional injuries will fall under the personal injury law. The Tort law is divided up into the following subcategories:
Intentional injuries due to negligence like slip-and-fall injuries and accidents such as motor vehicle accidents. The test to see whether a claim applies to this category is whether the harm done was unintentionally or through negligence or the failure to take the necessary care to prevent the injury.
Intentional harm caused to a person by another person. The test for an intentional harm case is to determine whether the perpetrator intended to injure the victim. Examples of intentional harm can be caused by physical assault, DUI, and theft.
Strict liability physical injuries. An excellent example of this category is a self-driving car crash. In summary, the liability and blame are not attached to a person. Instead, it focuses on the act itself.
From the discourse above, it is easy to see that managing a personal injury claim without the help of a legal expert is not easy. Therefore, it’s best to contact a legal expert to file your claim for you.