When someone in the United States is injured or becomes ill because of someone else’s negligence, malice, or recklessness, they may have a personal injury claim that they have cause to try to get compensation for. Many people recommend that victims of personal injuries try to hold the party or parties responsible for their injuries with the help of a reputable personal injury attorney that is licensed to protect injury victims in the state where their injury occurred.

Personal Injury Terms

personal injuryThe term personal injury includes illnesses that were caused by another party or parties’ negligence, malice, or reckless behavior. This can be physical and/or mental illnesses. Examples of physical illnesses that people have sought compensation for are cancers from being exposed to toxic substances such as, mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, or medications or treatments that cause illnesses and conditions, etc. Examples of mental illnesses include depression and/or anxiety caused by being harassed at work by co-workers or a bosses verbally abusive behavior.

There are many, many physical and mental injuries not mentioned here that could be part of a personal injury claim. If you or someone you love is suffering from one, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a personal injury lawyer in your area that is experienced with successfully defending the rights of victims of injuries similar to yours or your loved one’s.

While the words, negligence, malice, and recklessness, have different meanings, the term negligence is often used as an umbrella under which recklessness is covered.


In law, negligence is the failure to exercise the degree of care that the law requires for the protection of other persons or those interests of other persons that may be injuriously affected by the want of such care. Negligence is often characterized by paying no or too little attention and/or to be remiss in the care or treatment of someone.


Recklessness is behavior that is utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some
action; without caution; carelessness.


Malice is the desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a
hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness. In law, malice is the evil intent on the
part of a person who commits a wrongful act that is injurious to others.

If someone’s malice or malicious behavior causes someone to be injured, there is a good chance that the victim may be able to file a personal injury claim but in general, malice is not as common of a cause as negligence for personal injury claims. Most car accidents, medical malpractice accidents, dangerous and faulty product injuries, premise liability accidents, etc., are fought for under the premise of negligence. Situations where abuse and thus, malice is involved, are valid personal injury claims but they are not as common as ones stemming from negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered because of a personal injury, the sooner you contact a good personal injury attorney, the sooner they may be able to start to protect you and your loved ones rights to compensation for expenses that are the result of an injury.
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