July 11th 2017 by PollackSteinberg LLP in Blog

A history of personal injury law

Personal history law has its roots in biblical times, when “an eye for an eye” was expected, and people accused of harming others were told to make things right with their victims by giving back what was taken to begin with.

According to legal historians, personal injury law began to develop further in Ancient Greece and Rome, when lawyers began to replace companions as an advocate for a plaintiff who had been wronged. Before then, someone who had a grievance could only take a volunteer companion with knowledge of the law to court with them to speak on his behalf. After the fall of the Roman Empire, lawyers were respected in their profession and personal injury law had become a practice area.

Flash forward to colonization in the United States, from the time the pilgrims first landed at Plymouth Rock. As the settlers colonized in the new world, they relied on English common law to doctrine their rules and right versus wrong. That’s when the principle of “res ipsa loquitur” began to evolve into personal injury law. Under res ipsa loquitur, which is Latin for “the thing that speaks for itself,” a person or company is presumed to be negligent if he or she had control over whatever caused the injury even though there is no specific negligent act. Without negligence, though, the injury would not have happened under res ipsa loquitur, according to legal dictionaries.

By the mid-1800s, America began to see unique personal injury claims, like a lawsuit that was filed by someone who was hit in the head by a box of bacon. The dawn of the Industrial Revolution at the turn of the century was the basis for modern personal injury law, historians have noted. Even though workers at first had very few rights, eventually they could sue their employers for workplace injuries. That later was that basis for workers’ compensation as we know it today.

Personal injury lawyer became more widely recognized in the 1970s, after famous lawsuits like the Ford Pinto death claims gave the profession national attention. Over the course of that decade, more personal injury lawyers started advertising. Consumers began to see that they could find someone to fight for their rights and give them the compensation they needed and deserved after an injury due to someone else’s negligence.

If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.  

To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW.


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