Personal Injury and Tort Law
A personal injury claim is also known as a tort claim and is designed to protect individuals who are harmed or injured because of another party’s act or failure to act. Under tort law, the party who caused the injury or harm compensates the other party who suffered the losses. Their liability stems from thoughtless or careless conduct when a reasonable person would have acted. Conduct is considered negligent when it does not meet a legally recognized standard of care under the circumstances.
The Process: Attorney Robert Galumbeck
During the pre-trial process of a personal injury lawsuit, both sides will request the other for evidence information during the discovery phase. In the discovery phase, depositions of the opposing party and witnesses take place under oath outside of the courtroom. As the case moves closer to trial, both parties generally increase efforts to settle in mandatory settlement meetings and make motions to determine details about the case, such as jury selection and what evidence will be allowed at trial. At any time during the legal process of a personal injury lawsuit, the parties can settle the case. In fact, most personal injury cases are settled before ever reaching trial.
Special, General and Punitive Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Special damages cover any expenses related to an injury, such as loss of earnings, medical costs, cost of future medical care and household expenses. This type of award is intended to make the injured party whole again. General damages compensate the injured party for non-monetary damages, such as mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. Punitive damages are awarded to the injured party only when the defendant is found guilty of malicious or fraudulent behavior and are intended to punish the defendant.
Attorney Robert Galumbeck has extensive experience in personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts in auto accidents, defamation cases, civil rights and medical malpractice cases. He meticulously investigates the case and establishes negligence on behalf of the defendant. With years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of personal injury law, he has a track record of success in winning personal injury cases. Let his experience work for you. Attorney Robert Galumbeck fights for justice on behalf of his clients.