“Personal Injury” is a term that covers a lot of things. Generally, it refers to a situation in which harm was caused to a person by the negligent or intentional acts of another. It includes car accidents, slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, wrongful death claims and injuries that result from a defective product, just to name a few. When a person or entity is found to be legally responsible for injuring another person they may be made to pay for the damages they have caused.
There are typically two kinds of damages that we may recover. The first, and most common, are compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate you for your actual losses and attempt to put you back in the position that you were in before you got injured. The second kind of damages is punitive damages, which are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter them from similar conduct in the future.