When injuries hurt in other ways
Most people think of personal injury lawsuits as involving physical wounds: bodily injuries from car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice or dangerous products. But there are a number of personal injury claims that, while they do not involve broken bones or bleeding, can compensate you for other kinds of hurt inflicted by another person.
The legal area known as torts (from a Latin word meaning twisted) covers all kinds of ways in which one party can cause harm to another. Some examples:
- Defamation: Oral or written publication of false statements that harm your reputation.
- Conversion: Essentially, the non-criminal version of someone stealing or trying to steal your property.
- Assault: In civil law, an act that causes you a reasonable fear of being injured, even if no contact actually occurs.
- Battery: Any physical contact that occurs without your permission, even if it is merely offensive rather than harmful.
- False imprisonment: When someone detains you against your will by force or threat of force (except in the case of law enforcement.)
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress: This can occur with or without infliction of physical harm, but must result from extreme and outrageous behavior.
- Trespass to land or personal property: When someone interferes with your exclusive right to your property without permission.
Of course, some of these wrongdoings happen in minor ways every day. But when the actions of another cross the line to cause you harm, you have a right to sue for damages. While your injuries in cases such as these may or may not be visible, an experienced personal injury attorney can fight for your right to be compensated for a wrong. Contact Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Lawyers today.