By Shaun Murphy
Most personal injury cases involve automobile accidents, and they provide a good example of how the tort system works. Drivers have a responsibility to exercise reasonable care any time they drive a vehicle. If you are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses based on your state’s personal injury laws.
What Makes a Personal Injury Case?
Negligence can occur anywhere and at any time, and negligence is the basis for liability in most personal injury lawsuits. In certain circumstances, sexually transmitted diseases can form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit regardless of whether the transmission was careless or intentional.
In many states, if a person fails to disclose their HIV/AIDS status to their sexual partner(s), that person can be criminally prosecuted or charged in a civil suit. This only applies to people who know they have HIV/AIDS, do not expose this to their sexual partner(s), and have the intent to infect their sexual partner(s) through sexual activity.
Intentional wrongs, such as assault and battery, can involve personal injury claims, but it is rare. An assault and battery perpetrator can be held criminally liable for their actions, and the government can charge them.
What is the next step in a personal injury case?
A tort case is a civil proceeding brought by an individual or entity, and it remains totally separate from any criminal proceedings. If you are in the Palm Springs area and need representation to see if you have a case or are involved in a tort court proceeding, contact our Palm Springs personal injury attorney who can help you with your case.