Some lawsuits for personal injury may appear to be frivolous on the surface. However, this ancient tort law system has safeguards in place to prevent inappropriate lawsuits.
Modern personal injury cases include dog bites, helicopter accidents, vehicle accidents, etc. When an individual is negligent and causes injury to another whether intentional or not, they are liable for the damage and can be sued.
The basis of this common law is derived from the ancient laws of England that developed over time to protect the injured by awarding funds for damages. Louisiana’s tort laws vary because the state was historically under the French, or Roman Civil Law system.