What is Personal Injury Law?

What Kind Of Law Do You Practice?

One of the things we get asked all the time at the Arthofer & Tonkin Law Office is, "What kind of law do you practice?" And then we say, "Personal injury." People sometimes respond, "What is personal injury?" Well, we looked at the Google definition of personal injury, and here's what it said: "Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotion, as opposed to an injury to property." In common law jurisdictions, the term is most commonly used to refer to a tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit has suffered harm to their mind or body. It's an interesting definition, but it doesn't really help you figure out, "Do I have a personal injury claim? Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

Personal Injury

What is a personal injury?" So let's start with a little bit of history. Personal injury comes from an area of law called tort law. In English, tort derives from a Latin phrase, tortum, it means to twist, and as it indicates, it does mean an injury to your body, a twisting injury, or something along those lines. Now, personal injury law goes all the way back to Biblical times. It's something that's been with civilization for thousands and thousands of years. In simple terms, what it means is an injury to your body, something that's happened to your person, now that also includes your mind, your ability to think, and your emotions. And in rare personal injury cases, it can even refer to your reputation, that's defamation cases like liable for written things said about another person or slander for spoken things said about another person alleged to be injurious to their reputation. So personal injury claims include all of this, but most commonly, they refer to your person. Now, within injury to a person, there are a number of different sub-categories and sub-specialties. You have medical malpractice, dental malpractice, and Workers' Compensation. If you will, these are all different lanes on the personal injury highway.

We specialize in

At the Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices, we specialize in injuries to the person that occur through any transportation-type incident, that can be with a big rig, automobile accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycles, pedestrians. We also work in areas that cross over between job-site injuries and personal injuries.

Videos To Watch

Some of our other videos on the website can help you understand, "Do you have a Workers' Comp claim? Do you have a personal injury claim, or do you have both?" If you're not sure, give us a call. Our consultations are free. We also represent the folks that have been hurt by the premises of someone else, meaning they're on some other property and get hurt for one reason or another. These can be as common as slip-and-fall incidents to more difficult cases like construction cases or cases against public entities, where there's an allegedly dangerous condition or dangerous conduct of a public employee. We even help folks with dog bites and physical altercations. These are all areas of personal injury law.

If you’re not sure where your case falls, again call us today, the consultation is free. Each of these personal injury areas requires a specialty attorney. If we’re not that attorney for you, we can help connect you with an attorney who is. And as always, there’s no charge for the consultation or to find out if we can help you. So feel free to call us today. We would be honored to chat with you.

Contact us. We'll be glad to help you.

At Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices, we are dedicated to providing our clients with compassionate and experienced representation.

Making sure you receive proper compensation can be challenging and overwhelming after an accident, and we are here to help. Our law firm can provide you with the best personal injury attorney in Redding, California. Contact us now.

Don't fill this. This is a robot sniffer.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Serving Redding, California, and Beyond.

We at Arthofer & Tonkin Law Offices offer our services to those in Redding, Northern California, and all of California.

We are dedicated to providing quality legal services to our clients and helping them through difficult times. If you aren’t sure if your case falls within our service area, don’t hesitate to reach out. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and see how we can help.

Map Icon