Personal Injury

Attorney Barton W. Morris will provide representation and advocacy for those who have been severely injured or the families of victims of wrongful death caused by the errors, omissions, carelessness or inattention of others, including medical professionals, drivers involved in motor vehicle collisions, and dog bites.

The National Center for Injury Protection and Control reports that an estimated 31 million people are injured in accidents every year, and as many as 90,000 people die as a result of these injuries. Victims suffer physical pain and mental trauma that may be permanent and life-changing. Physical personal injury can include disfigurement, loss of limb, permanent or disfiguring scars, disability, and loss of one of the five senses. Mental harm might include emotional trauma, mental anguish, embarrassment, loss of love and affection, or loss of enjoyment. Whether your injuries were caused by an accident, malicious intent, or a defect in a product’s design, production or labeling, you have the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.

“Personal injury” is the general title given to civil wrongs (torts) that cause bodily injury or harm. A tort assigns responsibility to an individual, group or corporation (defendant) for causing injury to another person (plaintiff). The primary goals of personal injury law are to provide relief (damages) to the plaintiff and to deter the defendant from inflicting further harm to others.

The burden of proof in a tort case, as in most civil law cases, is lower than the proof required in criminal law cases. To win a personal injury lawsuit based on tort law, the plaintiff need only prove that a majority of the evidence shows that an injury was caused by the defendant’s negligent actions. This standard of proof is called “the preponderance of the evidence.” The different burdens of proof mean that a company might be acquitted of criminal charges stemming from its actions, but still be found liable in a civil lawsuit stemming from the same actions.