Personal Injury Law

If you’ve hurt in a wreck in Texas and are looking to hire a San Antonio accident lawyer, you might be asking yourself, what is personal injury law? The general phrase encompasses a great deal, but can be summarized as the following.

Personal injury law is an area of the law that falls under the category of tort law. Tort law (which is named after the Latin word “tortus,” or “twisted”) is part of the civil justice system that covers losses, wrongs, or damages that are caused by the conduct, act or omission of one party to another party's body, property, rights, or reputation.

The three major categories of torts are intentional torts, negligent torts, and strict liability torts. Within these categories, there are dozens of specific torts, including battery, assault, malpractice, defamation, trespass, and intentional infliction of emotional distress (just to name a few). Tort law differs from criminal law in many ways; namely, tort lawsuits have a much lower burden of proof and can be brought against someone who was acting negligently. Personal injury attorneys serving San Antonio are specialized lawyers who understand the ins and outs of the complex world of tort law, focused within the state of Texas. The experienced attorneys at Carabin & Shaw have the specialized knowledge and expertise to represent clients experiencing personal injury.

You may be asking, what exactly qualifies as a personal injury? Well, the term “personal injury” legally refers to an injury of the body, mind, or emotional state of a person. Personal injuries are separate from injuries to property and can occur in various settings and circumstances, including:

  • At the workplace
  • In a car wreck
  • By a medical mistake
  • By a faulty or defective product
  • By an operating error
  • By a faulty repair
  • As the result of a slip and fall
  • In a construction accident
  • In a plane or train accident
  • As the result of an animal attack

If you were injured in central Texas or the surrounding areas, a Carabin & Shaw personal injury lawyer in San Antonio can protect and potentially compensate you for monetary, physical or psychological damages suffered as the result of a personal injury. However, the law only covers damages that resulted from the negligence or intentionally harmful actions of someone who owes a duty of care (e.g. an employer, doctor, or manufacturer). To see what compensation you may be eligible, call Carabin & Shaw as soon as possible – we will work to ensure just reparations. Your initial consultation is free.

In addition to the torts and situations mentioned above, personal injury law also covers wrongful birth, wrongful death, bodily injuries, loss of enjoyment of life, libel, slander, and nuisance. If you’re not sure whether or not your injury falls under the category of personal injury law, our lawyers can help you figure out how to proceed during your free consultation.

Some personal injury cases are eventually formalized and brought to civil court, but others are resolved through settlements. Others still occupy a middle ground and are resolved through either mediation or arbitration. Our experienced San Antonio accident lawyers are prepared to handle your case, whether it ends up in civil court or is settled through more informal negotiations outside of a courtroom.


If you have suffered a personal injury loss, please contact us any time of the day or night. Carabin & Shaw has represented thousands of individuals under Texas personal injury laws, and we can help you figure out how to proceed with your case. Call us toll free at 1.800.862.1260.

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