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How Personal Injury Lawsuits Began

Posted in Blog on June 2, 2015

Many people often balk at personal injury lawsuits and personal injury attorneys, not truly understanding that the need for personal injury protection is nothing new. Personal injury lawsuits are not a modern-day scam designed for the sole purpose of making a victim and his or her attorney wealthy. Rather, an understanding of enforcing responsibility over the damaging party dates back to ancient times. Let’s take a moment to look through the history of personal injury actions and the reasons why they remain an important part of our legal process today.

An Eye for an Eye

You’re familiar with the saying “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” This punishment dates back to the period between 10,000 and 500 B.C., and the thought process behind it was simple: If you injured someone you paid by being injured in the same manner, thereby making the person you harmed “whole,” figuratively speaking.

As civilizations advanced, personal injury actions in Ancient Rome and Greece included the opportunity to have a “lawyer” present during your legal proceeding. This person was knowledgeable of law and able to help the victim through the restitution process, and when the U.S. became a nation, personal injury laws were written under “Res Ipsa Loquitur.” This phrase, derived from Latin, assumes that something happening out of the ordinary has an damaging and responsible party behind it.

By the 17th century, it was recognized that injured parties unable to work were damaged beyond their physical incapacitation, and the U.S. courts began to award money to the victim to cover lost wages. The Industrial Revolution necessitated the need for the courts to consider workplace injuries and recompense for mental anguish alongside physical damages. As America grew throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, personal injury law was rewritten to what it is today.

Why It’s Important

Thankfully, an eye for an eye is not how we resolve personal injury matters in law today. Even with modern medical science, this would likely be counterproductive. The premise behind an eye for an eye is still valid, however, and this is a good thing.

You become incomplete when you suffer a personal injury. You may become physically incomplete, financially incomplete and/or mentally incomplete and you have the right to be made whole. Unfortunately, even after fault has been established and it has been determined that another party was the direct cause of your injuries, the insurance company will likely attempt to minimize your damages.

This is why personal injury law remains important. You have a legal right to complete recovery of all of the damages resulting from your accident. Much as in Ancient Rome and Greece, you need someone who understands personal injury law to stand beside you in court and petition for your recompense. Otherwise, you might not be made whole, and the years of establishing victim’s rights become moot.

In Colorado, the law takes into consideration all damages from which the victim of a personal injury accident might suffer. This includes your current medical and financial needs and your future ones. Personal injury is nothing at which to balk; a victim’s needs are real and should be met. Learn more at: www.zanerhardenlaw.com.

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