In Missouri, What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?

The term, personal injury, is defined simply as any physical, mental or emotional harm caused by another party’s negligence. While there are many types of injuries that occur, there are three broad categories recognized by the state of Missouri: bodily injury, mental harm and wrongful death.

A personal injury lawsuit, therefore, is the victim’s attempt to obtain compensation from the negligent party, the one who caused the injury. It is a civil case, not criminal and is generally referred to as torts, not crimes.

A personal injury lawsuit may compensate you for the cost of your medical care, lost wages, disability and pain & suffering.

Types of Personal Injuries Recognized by Missouri Law

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Bodily injury. Missouri defines bodily injury as, impairment of physical condition or substantial pain that results from an accident or intentional act of another party. Injuries can include anything from broken bones and lacerations to more serious, catastrophic injuries such as a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, permanent disfigurement and more.

Mental and emotional distress. This can include anxiety, depression, PTSD, fear or any other mental suffering resulting from someone else’s negligence.

When you suffer bodily injury  or mental/emotional distress due to the negligence of another, you may file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries.

Wrongful death. A wrongful death is when someone is killed as a result of another’s wrongful actions. The family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation for their loss, which might include funeral expenses, medical bills related to the deceased’s final injury or illness, value of wages and benefits the deceased would likely have earned if he/she had lived, and pain and suffering.

Wrongful death is the basis for a lawsuit against those who caused your loved one’s death. And a wrongful death claim can arise out of almost any kind of personal injury.


Missouri is an at-fault state that uses a pure comparative fault system. This simply means that all parties in an accident can be held liable for damages based on how much each contributed to the accident. If the plaintiff is partially responsible for the accident that caused the injuries, their damages will be reduced by the percentage of their fault.


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Have you been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or some other accident in which you suffered serious injuries due to another’s negligence? Call Nash & Franciskato at (877) 284-6600. We have a successful track record helping accident victims collect the compensation they deserve.

One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and will provide you with a free, no-obligation review of your case.



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