Personal Injury Terms
The 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.