Answer: Personal injury actions include physical and, in some cases, emotional injury. The goal of the lawsuit is to acquire compensation from the party who is to blame for the injury.
Besides an injury, the plaintiff must establish, through evidence, that the defendant is legally liable for his or her injuries. The evidence should show that the defendant can be held liable as a result of either the actions he or she took, or the actions he or she had a duty and failed to take. Some personal injury actions involve intentional conduct while others are based on negligence. Still other types of personal injury actions are based on strict liability, a no-fault system where liability may attach regardless of the fault of the various parties, including the plaintiff.
Personal injury law can involve many different types of claims, theories and principles. Some of the more common types of personal injury actions include: animal bites, assault and battery, aviation accidents, defamation, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, property damage, railroad accidents, and slip and fall.