Personal Injury is very simply an injury to the body, mind or emotions of an individual, as opposed to the injury to property. One of the most common sources of a personal injury is a motor vehicle accident.
Monetary Compensation for Personal Injuries
Under the law, monetary recovery is available to compensate injured victims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, loss of consortium of a spouse. Most of the law controlling personal injury is based on the common law or judge-made law.
Common law is based on written court opinions that interpret existing law. Such court opinions are then followed by other courts in subsequent cases, and therefore, have the force of law.
The purpose of compensation for Personal Injury is to put back the injured party back to the position he or she was in prior to the incident that caused the injury.
Obviously, receiving money does not undo the damage of bodily injuries, however, it is the best form of redress for the American Justice System.
The vast majority of claims for Personal Injury are resolved without the need for court action. And even the claims that end up in a lawsuit are mostly settled prior to reaching a final verdict.