What is a Personal Injury Claim?
Broadly speaking, personal injury law is the area of law that focuses on harm done by the negligence of individuals or companies. If you want to file a personal injury claim, you will likely need to prove that someone owed you a duty of care and breached that duty, causing financial loss. The lawyers at Chad Jones Law, P.C. have helped thousands of victims in College Station build strong personal injury cases and recover the compensation they deserve.
For instance, the owner of a store has a responsibility to keep the premises safe for shoppers, vendors and others who visit the store. This is known as the owner’s duty of care. If a shopper slips and falls on an unmarked wet floor or is hurt when a heavy object falls off a shelf, that shopper can file an insurance claim against the business. The store is said to have been negligent in this case because it did not take reasonable and appropriate steps to keep the premises safe.
Most of the damages (financial compensation) awarded in personal injury cases are called compensatory damages, which means they are intended to compensate the victim for losses sustained due to the injury. This includes measurable financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages while recovering from an injury. Compensatory damages can also include more subjective losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.