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Personal injury law is the branch of law relating to injury of one's body, mind or emotions for which common or statutory law allows the individual to recover damages.

Personal injury law provides remedies for damage caused to people or property. Harm is often referred to using the word "tort," as in a personal or economic tort.

Personal torts include battery, assault, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and damage resulting from negligence. This can also include medical malpractice, products liablity, and other personal torts.

Economic torts include defamation (i.e., libel and slander), invasion to the right to privacy, misrepresentation (i.e., fraud or deceit), wrongful institution of legal proceedings, and interference with business relations.

Other economic torts may include unfair competition and causes of action brought using other legal theories. The necessary mental state (i.e., intent, negligence, or strict liability), damages, and defenses vary by tort and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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