In Laymen’s Terms, What does “personal injury” mean?

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November 19, 2014
Edward Smith

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney since 1982. Many people over the years have asked me what a “personal injury” actually is.

Legally, a personal injury lawsuit is a suit filed in a court by someone who has been emotionally or physically injured by the act of another.

Some of the common types of personal injury are injuries arising from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and trucking accidents.

In addition to injuries involving motor vehicles, personal injuries include injuries from medical negligence (Called  medical malpractice) or injuries because

of the negligence of other professionals such as Legal Malpractice or Accountant Malpractice.

Other common causes of personal injuries are dogbites, drownings, death or injury by defective products or injuries or death from slips or falls.

Intentional acts, such as assaults or trespasses may also be considered personal injury cases.

If you have a gut feeling that some person or entity caused you a serious injury, whether bodily or emotionally, its worth talking it over with a tort or personal injury lawyer.


I’m Ed Smith, helping people with serious injuries in Sacramento and throughout the state of California since 1982. Call me anytime for free, friendly advice. In Sacramento at 916-921-6400 or elsewhere 800-404-5400.

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