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What Is the Difference Between a Tort and a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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Most people understand that when someone is harmed because of another person’s negligence, the at-fault party should bear the burden of helping pay for the expenses associated with that injury. These are the basic premises for personal injuries and torts, but they are not the same thing. A tort is the broad category of harm done to someone because of negligence, while personal injuries are specifically when physical harm occurs.

At Lee Injury Law, LLC, we recognize that victims of negligence and recklessness have unique needs and that justice should be served in every case. We promise to dedicate our knowledge, time, and energy to seek the compensation you deserve in your tort or personal injury case. Contact us right away for a free consultation to see how we can help you.

What is a Tort?

A tort is a case that can be tried in court because the harm of any kind was done to an individual by someone reckless or negligent. While personal injury suits fall into this category, other torts also include emotional and mental pain and suffering.

The three kinds of torts are:

  • Negligent torts. Negligent torts are caused by reckless or negligent behavior and include car accidents, medical malpractice, and premises liability cases like slip-and-fall accidents.
  • Intentional torts. These torts include actions done purposefully, whether or not the action was intended to harm another. They include trespassing, assault, battery, etc.
  • Strict liability torts. In these cases, the at-fault party might have taken care to prevent injury but could still be assigned liability and include claims of animal attacks, dangerous activities, and manufacturing defects.

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is a type of tort. However, it is limited to cases where the injured person seeks damages because of physical harm. Someone suing because of personal injury can still collect damages for emotional and mental distress, but these must be caused by the bodily injury that was incurred because of the defendant’s reckless behavior.

For a case to be considered a personal injury lawsuit, the responsible party must:

  • have had a duty of care to reasonably prevent injury to others, such as while driving a car,
  • have broken that duty of care through reckless behavior through actions such as speeding,
  • and have caused severe injuries as a direct result of their negligence.

Can a Lawyer Help with Torts and Personal Injury Lawsuits?

If you believe you have been injured because of another person’s wrongful acts, whether it be a personal, physical injury, or any other type of damage, please call our law firm to see how we can help. You may qualify for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, reduced income-earning ability, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship in the case of wrongful death of a loved one.

Our personal injury lawyer has helped thousands of clients seek justice in their personal injury cases, and he can help you too. Call us at (803) 500-0000 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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