Although most people relate injuries with various forms of physical damage, such is not always the case. In fact, personal injury can be psychological in nature. Because of the nature of most personal injuries, a tort usually takes place.
A tort is simply a civil case arising out of a person’s inability to keep others safe due to his carelessness or deliberately. In order for a personal injury case to be filed, these aspects need to be present:
- A legal duty owed by one person to another exists
- One of the party breaches the said legal duty
- The said breach is the probable cause for the damages suffered by the other party
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases can come in a number of forms. At times, a personal injury attorney might have to handle a medical malpractice case, an auto accident, or a simple slip-and-fall claim. There are also times when they would work on cases that involve asbestos exposure.
Regardless of the type of personal injury case, one thing is certain – you only have a certain period by which you can file for a claim. This period is what is known as the statute of limitation. The length of the statute typically depends on the state where the accident happened. For example, Massachusetts has a statute of three years. The count for the statute of limitation starts either on the day of the accident or on the day of discovery.