Injuries can come from many different sources, whether they involve an intentional act (such as physical battery or slander), the negligent production of dangerous prescription drugs, or even tainted food. When you become injured through no fault (or limited fault) of your own, and another party is to blame, you may have a legitimate claim for damages.
Damages is a term that refers to the monetary compensation the plaintiff is claiming the defendant is liable for. These damages are intended to make the injured party "whole," according to legal theory. In some cases, the plaintiff may seek punitive damages on top of compensatory damages to punish the defendant for particularly unconscionable acts.
If you have just suffered an injury or injuries, make sure you get prompt medical attention. Also, in order to build a strong case in court, you should take detailed notes about the incident, take pictures, and get the contact information of potential witnesses. See First Steps in a Personal Injury Claim for more information.
In order to claim damages for any of the injuries listed below, you must file your claim within a certain amount of time (called the "statute of limitations"). These vary for different types of injuries and are established at the state level. In Illinois, for example, there is a one-year limit for filing a defamation claim, but a five-year statute of limitations for injuries to personal property. See FindLaw's State Laws directory to learn more about the statutes of limitations in your state.
The following list of injuries includes general torts, such as assault; medical malpractice claims, including birth defects; car accidents; dangerous foods and drugs; injurious consumer products; and more. Talk to a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need additional legal help.
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