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Q: What is personal injury?

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David Benowitz
David Benowitz
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: A personal injury is an injury to a person that may also include damage to that person’s property. A personal injury lawsuit alleges that another person’s negligent or harmful conduct caused the plaintiff's injury and damages. This injury can be physical, but may also include psychological injuries and in some cases death. In a claim for assault, for example, the plaintiff need only show that the defendant created a threat that caused a real, well-founded fear of imminent bodily injury. Mental and emotional harm can also serve as the basis for a personal injury. For example, you may have a case if someone has defamed your name, inflicted emotional distress upon you, or invaded your privacy.

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