Personal Injury – a physical injury &/or non physical injury (wrongful eviction, slander, false arrest or violation of the right to privacy, etc.)

     Unlike other areas of the law that find their rules in statutes (such as penal codes in criminal cases), the development of personal injury law has taken place mostly through court decisions, and in treatises written by legal scholars.  Many states have taken steps to summarize the development of personal injury law in written statutes, but for practical purposes court decisions remain the main source of the law in any legal case arising from an accident or injury. [1]

personal injury:

(16c.) Torts. 1. In a negligence action, any harm caused to a person, such as a broken bone, a cut, or a bruise; bodily injury. — aka bodily injury.

2. Any invasion of a personal right, including mental suffering & false imprisonment. — aka private injury.

3. For purposes of workers’ compensation, any harm (including a worsened preexisting condition) that arises in the scope of employment. — Abbr. PI. [2]

4. A non physical injury that occurs due to wrongful eviction, slander, false arrest or by violating the right to privacy of any person. [3]

5. As used in connection with negligence suits and workers’ compensations actions, an injury to the body of a person. [4]                                                                                                       

Types of Personal Injuries:

Ouster – the wrongful dispossession or exclusion of someone from property.

Unlawful Arrest – taking of a person into custody either without a valid warrant or without probable cause to believe that the person has committed a crime.

False Arrest &/or Imprisonment – an arrest and/or restraint and/or imprisonment made without proper legal authority.



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[1]: FindLaw, “Personal Injury Law; The Basics”

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[3]: Personal Injury from Black’s Law Second Edition Online:

[4]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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