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John Page

1232 Washington Ave.
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Saint Louis MO 63103
(314) 322-8515

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What is Personal Injury?

What is Personal Injury? | Tort Law | Negligence

Personal injury refers to the area of law that seeks to protect victims who are harmed by the action or inaction of another person or entity. Personal injury is also sometimes referred to as tort law. A personal injury claim can be filed for injury incurred by an individual either physically or mentally, and it can sometimes include damage to property. In certain situations, such as in medical negligence or wrongful death cases, a person may bring a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. Personal injury lawyers seek to win compensation for their clients.

Personal Injury Liability and Damages

There are two elements in every personal injury case: liability and damages. The first element involves demonstrating that the person or entity being charged did in fact bear legal responsibility for the injury. Damages refers to the extent or amount of injury or loss that was allegedly suffered on account of the defendant's actions or negligence.

Personal Injury Claims

Liability and damages can be established on several bases.

* Negligence - When a case is filed as tort of negligence, the defendant is accused of causing the injury by failing to prevent it. An example would be an accusation that a business allowed a slip and fall injury to occur, by not properly following safety regulations. A reckless or inattentive driver who is at fault in an injury car accident may also be guilty of negligence.

* Strict Liability - Under strict liability, a personal injury attorney may also bring charges against a company whose defective product is responsible for an injury. Strict liability applies whether negligence or malice was involved or not, as long as the product was being used as was intended.

* Intentional Wrong - Intentional wrongs can sometimes be brought as civil, personal injury claims apart from any criminal charges the defendant may be facing.

An attorney experienced in personal injury litigation, or an attorney who specializes in a specific area of personal injury law (such as an auto accident lawyer or a defective product attorney) may advise victims concerning the most appropriate grounds for filing their individual claims.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Although it is not all-inclusive, the following list offers examples of the types of cases that may be considered personal injury claims.

* Slip and fall injury - when someone injures themselves while on another person’s property, the owner of the property can be held liable for their injuries – also known as premises liability.

* Nursing home abuse - also known as nursing home neglect, nursing home abuse occurs when a resident of a nursing home is subject to physical abuse, mental abuse, or abandonment.

* Car accident - auto accidents, as well as truck and motorcycle accidents can result in serious personal injury to those involved in the collision.

* Defective product injury - defective products, including drug and medical devices can cause serious personal injury to patients.

* Exposure to toxic material - toxic materials used in the workplace, or those that leach into the environment through groundwater contamination and other methods, are often the cause of personal injury claims.

* Medical malpractice - medical negligence, hospital malpractice, and doctor mistakes are often the subject of personal injury claims.

* Wrongful death - when someone is killed as a result of another’s negligent actions, the family of the deceased often has grounds for a wrongful death claim.

* Drug injury - defective drugs and those with serious side effects that are the subject of a drug recall can cause serious personal injuries.

About John J Page

I practice exclusively in the litigation areas of personal injury, premises liability, construction accidents, medical negligence, and defective products.  I received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  I am admitted to practice in all Missouri Courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

I have actively participated in every aspect of the litigation process including trying numerous cases to a successful verdict.  In addition, I have taken an active role in the appellate division of Anderson & Associates.

I have handled cases in both Federal and State courts.  I am a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Association of Trial Attorneys of America, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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