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Personal Injury

Any violation of an individual's right, other than his or her rights in property.

The term personal injury is not confined to physical injuries, although Negligence cases usually do involve bodily injuries.

Cross-references

Tort Law.

personal injury

an injury to the person. Although it appears a simple phrase to interpret, in some contexts it has proven difficult. Challenging issues for the law have included whether a foetus born alive and surviving very briefly could sue for personal injury; whether an action against a solicitor for failing to raise an action for personal injury was or was not a personal injury action or whether an unplanned pregnancy was a personal injury. Often the phrase is given a definition or a partial definition in statutes.
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PAYOUTS for personal injuries here are 4.4 times higher than in the UK, new figures have claimed.
The methods used by some companies reinforce misleading and negative perceptions about personal injuries. The bottom line is that only genuinely injured people who have been harmed through proven negligence have a right to compensation.
The methods used by some companies reinforce misleading and negative perceptions about personal injuries. The bottom line is only genuinely injured people harmed through proven negligence have a right to compensation.
Personal injuries caused in a construction accident may result in serious injuries to the neck, back, extremities or the head, implications of which can be very severe.
First, she claimed that the award was for "physical personal injuries" and, thus, was excludible under Sec.
The taxpayer and her husband sued for personal injuries and loss of consortium.
For personal injuries, that includes such areas as slip and fall, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and miscellaneous torts.
Personal Injury Report features coverage of cases involving a range of personal injuries, including automobile accidents, premises liability for slip and fall accidents and falling objects, medical malpractice, workplace injuries and product liability.
(78 AFTR 2d 96-5636) that punitive damages received in a tort suit for personal injuries were taxable.
What are personal injuries for purposes of exclusion from gross income?
Section 104(a)(2) provides that gross income does not include "the amount of any damages received (whether by suit or agreement and whether as lump sum or periodic payments) on account of personal injuries or sickness." The rationale behind the statute is apparently that the payment does not result in economic gain or profit to the injured recipient, but instead roughly corresponds to a return of capital compensating the taxpayer for his loss.(8) As a result of an amendment by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, the exclusion in section 104(a)(2) "shall not apply to any punitive damages in connection with a case not involving physical injury or physical sickness."(9)

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