What Is a Personal Injury?

What is a Personal Injury?

If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious personal injury, or if you have lost a loved one to wrongful death, due to someone else’s negligent actions, you need legal representation from a law firm that will put your best interests first throughout the litigation process. The New York City personal injury law firm of Proner & Proner has represented injured victims and their families throughout the state of New York, obtaining millions of dollars on their behalf.

Our experienced attorneys handle the full range of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, car and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, premises liability, and defective drug cases.

Of course, many people who feel they may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit are unfamiliar with legal terminology and have little to no idea of what constitutes a “personal injury.” To learn more about how a personal injury is defined under the law, read the information on this page and then contact Proner & Proner to schedule a confidential consultation at our Manhattan, New York personal injury law firm.

Personal Injury in Lay Terms

A personal injury is any injury, whether physical, emotional, or psychological, that is caused by someone else’s negligent or intentionally wrongful actions. The intention of personal injury law is to protect the rights of injured victims and their families. Under the law, those responsible for inflicting harm are financially liable for the losses and expenses suffered by their victims.

In order to collect compensation for these losses and expenses, however, the injured party must be able to demonstrate the presence of four basic elements:

  • The party responsible for the injury – the defendant – owed a legal duty of care to the injured – the plaintiff.
  • The defendant breached this duty by failing to act as a reasonable person would under the same circumstances.
  • The defendant’s action was the primary cause of the injury, and the harm caused by the action was foreseeable.
  • The plaintiff suffered losses and expenses as a direct result of his or her injuries.

Proving the existence of these four elements is a complex matter involving much investigation and research, as well as an intimate knowledge of the applicable laws. This is why it is important that, if you or a member of your family has suffered a personal injury, you entrust your case to a law firm that focuses solely on personal injury cases. Proner & Proner has the resources and experience to successfully litigate any personal injury case, no matter how complex.

Why Hire Our Personal Injury Lawyers?

The period following a serious personal injury or unexpected death of a loved one is usually fraught with confusion and uncertainty. Victims and their families are often overwhelmed by costly medical bills, funeral expenses, physical pain and emotional distress. When the injury or wrongful death is the result of another person’s negligent actions or inaction, these problems are exacerbated by the headache of having to deal with insurance adjusters and the legal system.

The personal injury attorneys of Proner & Proner are committed to helping seriously injured individuals and their families recover and rebuild. We treat our clients as we would treat our friends and always strive to serve each client with the highest standard of legal representation. Drawing on decades of combined experience, a strong educational background, and an extensive network of professional contacts, our attorneys work diligently and efficiently to achieve a resolution that is beneficial to our clients and their families.

Our attorneys handle a broad range of personal injury cases, from slip and fall accident injuries and car accident injuries to medical malpractice and wrongful death. To find out how we can help you, please contact Proner & Proner to schedule a case evaluation today.

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Personal injury law is an area of law that protects seriously injured victims and their families by financially compensating them for their injuries and losses. This compensation may include money for medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, permanent disability, and emotional suffering. In addition, if the negligent party acted with malice or flagrant disregard for the law, the injured party may be entitled to punitive damages.

If you or a loved one has been injured, it is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure your ability to prosecute the claim in the future. Because of the nature of many personal injury claims, crucial evidence can be easily lost or destroyed. Furthermore, every state has a law that requires that a personal injury lawsuit to be filed within a certain period of time. An experienced attorney will help you collect and preserve all critical evidence and file all necessary paperwork within the allotted time period.

Why Choose Proner & Proner?

Personal injury laws vary from state to state and case type to case type. A qualified attorney will not only have a comprehensive understanding of all applicable local, state, and federal laws, but will also have extensive experience litigating your specific type of claim. At Proner & Proner, our personal injury attorneys are thoroughly familiar with all the laws that govern personal injury litigation and have experience handling a broad range of catastrophic injury cases. Whether you need an attorney to negotiate a fair settlement or try a case all the way to verdict, our attorneys are prepared to aggressively advocate your interests until a satisfactory resolution has been reached.

Contact Our Personal Injury Litigators

If you or a member of your family has recently suffered a devastating personal injury as a result of someone’s negligent behavior, Proner & Proner today. Our attorneys will fight to help you recover damages and rebuild your life.  Please contact our New York City personal injury law firm, serving Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the entire state. Learn more about how Proner & Proner can help you.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.