Injury Tort Law

Injury is a type of civil wrong - a "tort" - where someone causes an injury, loss or damages to another person. It generally refers to a harm suffered, which may be physical, mental, or emotional pain and suffering, damage to reputation or dignity, loss of a legal right, breach of contract, or damage to real or personal property.

The civil law seeks to compensate victims of wrongful acts, whether they are intentional or unintentional, for the injuries that could reasonably be expected from such acts. Injuries must be proven by the plaintiff and evidence may be introduced to support the amount, if any, of money damages sought. The seriousness of the injury depends on medical evidence, usually proven by expert testimony.

The distinction between a minor, serious, and grave injury is not subject to precise definition and varies according to applicable law and subjective interpretations by the finder of fact.

In some instances, the court will order a type of relief other than a monetary award, such as an injunction, to remedy an injury that money cannot correct. The goal of tort law is to put the injured party back into the same position they would have been in had the injury not occurred.

The definition of injury varies by jurisdiction. The following is an example of a state statute defining injuries:

"''Physical injury'' is defined as impairment of physical condition or pain. ''Serious physical injury'' is something more serious than mere physical injury. It is more than a minor or superficial injury. It is defined by statute as physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death, or that causes serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ."

Liability for causing harm to another person arises out of that party's negligence. In other words, the injury occurred because the actor failed to exercise the reasonable care of an ordinary person. An individual can also be strictly liable for injuries for violating certain Ohio statutes.

Injury Law usually requires a great deal of time and patience to obtain compensation. The lawyers at Kurt Law Offices LLC are experienced in representing individuals who have incurred damages due to slip and fall accidents, automobile accidents, defamation of character, premise liability, medical malpractice, dangerous products (product liability), dog bites, work place and construction injuries.

Please contact any one of our qualified attorneys to help you better understand injury law.