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Understanding Personal Injury Law


Accidents happen every day. And in many of these situations personal injury occurs. Unfortunately, these injuries can be life-altering, leaving victims with costly medical expenses and long-lasting physical and mental issues. You may have a personal injury case against the person or persons responsible for those injuries.

So, what is personal injury? By definition, personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions as opposed to injury to property. If you’ve been injured at no fault of your own, it’s always good to seek legal advice from a well-qualified personal injury attorney. They can help determine if as the plaintiff, your case holds merit and can prove negligence against the defendant. Injury laws in each state are different and are the results of previous case decisions by judges as opposed to laws made by legislatures or passed in bills and statutes.

What are the typical types of personal injury cases? Generally, they fall under four main categories of tort law:

  • Accidents: Injuries caused by the wrong-doers negligence. Examples include auto/boating accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice and workplace injuries
  • Defective Products: You were injured by a defective or dangerous product.
  • Defamation: Situations where you are harmed because of derogatory or defamatory statements that harm your reputation.
  • Intentional Acts: Certain types of intentional acts are considered personal injuries under various tort law. An example is nursing home abuse.

The experts at Mertes & Mertes, P.C. law firm in Sterling Illinois say it’s imperative to seek medical help immediately for your injuries. Make sure you also keep track of all receipts and bills associated with your injuries. This includes taking photos of your injuries. Finally, reach out to a personal injury attorney for advice and to begin the investigation.

If you have questions about personal injury law, contact the experts at Mertes & Mertes P.C.

Mertes & Mertes P.C.

4015 E. Lincolnway, Suite D

Sterling, IL 61081


Disclaimer: Information on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.