Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of issues when one has been
physically or emotionally injured, and/or personal property has been damaged.
In legal circles, personal injury law is also known as "tort"
law, the French word for "wrong." Personal injury or "tort"
law is the body of law that allows one to be compensated in the event
that someone's carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct
injures or damages you or your personal belongings. At Gordwin Law our
staff can help you with the following personal injury cases:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Drug Product Liability
In all matters involving personal injury it is essential that measures
be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question,
and to file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of
limitations. If you or a loved one is a victim of personal injuries, call
Gordwin Law now at
(480) 707-8280. The
initial consultation is free
charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee
basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary
award or recovery of funds.
Automobile accidents are classic examples of the types events covered by
tort law. If someone hits the back of your car while you are stopped at
a red light, that person commits a tort, and is referred to as the "tortfeasor"
(French for "wrongdoer"). In America that person is generally
referred to as the "defendant" once a lawsuit is filed, and
the person harmed is called a "plaintiff" or "claimant."
State law usually governs personal injury lawsuits, but federal law may
apply in certain circumstances. For example, an injury suffered on federal
property may be covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act, or liability for
injuries suffered in an airplane crash may be governed by international
treaties. A claim for personal injury must be accompanied by an injury
that can be compensated. In other words, one must prove an injury in order
to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall due
to someone else's fault or negligence, you could not recover damages
if you were not injured in some way.
The law of personal injury is concerned with determining who may be responsible
(who is "liable," or has "liability") for causing
injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for
any damages resulting from the injury. Personal injury law can be classified
in the following three broad categories, or degrees of fault: negligence,
intentional torts and strict liability torts. Each category is comprised
of different types of legal wrongs (or "causes of action"),
and indicates a different "standard of care" that may apply
to a given incident.
Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation
for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statue of limitations expires.