Personal Injury

If you or a member of your family has been the victim of emotional or bodily harm, then you might have grounds for a personal injury case. Personal Injury Law is intended to protect individuals harmed by the negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction of others. It covers all legal cases in which there was an injury to the mind, body, or emotions (as opposed to damage to property). These damages include bodily injury, intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED), and negligent infliction of emotional distress (NIED). Depending on the details of the incident, the injured party could be entitled to monetary compensation.

Types of Personal Injury Claims

At Hurtado Cavanaugh | Attorneys at Law, we’re equipped to handle all types of serious and catastrophic injury cases. Our practice areas include:

  • Auto and Motorcycle Accidents
  • Personal Watercraft Accidents
  • Boating and Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Assault Claims
  • Product Defect Accidents (Product Liability)
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Slips and Falls


The amount of compensation (damages) awarded depends on the severity and impact of the injury. Damages are defined in two categories: special and general. Special damages include measurable costs that can be itemized, such as medical expenses. General damages are less measurable costs, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, the effects of defamation, and emotional distress. Cases involving serious injuries (like broken bones, severed limbs, or brain damage) often receive the highest injury settlements.

In order for damages to be awarded, four things must be proven:

  1. The defendant had a duty to act reasonably according to the circumstances.
  2. The defendant breached the duty.
  3. The defendant’s breach of the duty caused the plaintiff to be harmed.
  4. The plaintiff suffered monetary damages due to the harm they suffered when the defendant breached its duty of care.

For more questions on what you can do to win your personal injury case, call call Hurtado Cavanaugh | Attorneys at Law at 239.362.3670 or send us an email at to request a consultation.