Personal injury is an area of law where a claim or lawsuit is brought on behalf of someone who sustains an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to an injury or damage to a person’s property. An injury lawsuit is a civil matter called a tort. This means that there is no incarceration at stake; the lawsuit is about money.
AmySue Taylor RN MSN JD has represented physicians and hospitals in highly contested lawsuits. She has also represented injured parties in various injury matters including medical negligence, wrongful death, brain-damaged babies, car/vehicle crashes, product liabilities, and premise injury cases.
Most commonly a personal injury claim occurs when someone is hurt because of someone else’s negligence. Sometimes the injury can result from an intentional act, such as a physical assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, or defamation. A person or a company may be found liable for a personal injury, thus requiring them to pay compensatory damages, and in some cases punitive damages. Punitive damages are additional penalties for especially dangerous conduct that shows a conscious disregard for someone’s life or safety.
The most common types of personal injury cases involve:
- Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accident
- Catastrophic injury (e.g., brain injuries, spinal injuries, burns)
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Medical Malpractice
- Negligent Security
- Property Damage
- Premises Liability (slip-and-fall)
- Wrongful Death
The term personal injury also includes wrongful death and medical malpractice by doctors and hospitals. Just about any type of injury or death caused by a third party is a potential personal injury lawsuit. Ohio has very strict laws about the timeliness of lawsuits. Most personal injury case lawsuits must be filed within two years if based on negligence. Cases involving medical negligence have a one-year statute of limitations. However, there are catches to all statutes of limitations so you need to see a lawyer as soon as possible after an injury.
A Registered Nurse and Your Personal Advocate
After earning her Juris Doctorate degree at Capital University Law School, and being influenced by her Obstetrician-father, she joined Ohio’s largest medical malpractice insurance defense firm. There, she gained significant and valuable experience in evaluating, negotiating and litigating medical negligence cases.
Her experiences reinforced her belief that her role as a nurse was to be a patient advocate. She then lead the medical negligence department of a small law firm, representing injured people.
In 1993, AmySue Taylor RN MSN JD entered private practice where she serves as a Columbus personal injury attorney. She has handled over 4,000 cases and earned a solid reputation based on her exceptional track record of success. If your injuries prohibit travel, we come to you.
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