I found the following article on www.personalinjuryinformation.com and thought it may be useful in providing a very brief and concise primer on what personal injury law actually is.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INJURY? A personal injury is injury to an individual’s body, mind, or emotions. In some instance of a personal injury an individual or a company may be liable for the resulting suffering that the personal injury caused. Personal injuries can occur out of negligence, an intentional infliction of harm, or the injuring of another person despite any type of negligence or intent. Personal injuries vary widely in both the cause and result of the accident. A personal injury as the result of negligence is the most common type of claim. Common negligence personal injury causes are slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and medical malpractice. There are existing regulations that exist in order to prevent personal injuries from occurring, but in some instances an individual may be liable for the personal injury that resulted from their failure to act, whether intentional or not. Personal injury law covers the physical harm the individual may have, as well as the suffering they endured. Suffering can include emotional humiliation an individual may have felt because of the personal injury. A personal injury lawyer can help the individual seek the proper compensation they are qualified for as a result of the personal injury. The more serious the personal injury, the more of an impact and influence it probably had on the individual’s life, thus making a higher compensation more likely.