Personal injury cases fit into one or more of many categories, but at the root of them, all is negligence. "Negligence" means the failure to use reasonable care, and acting or failing to act in a reasonably prudent way to prevent injuries that are foreseeable. Negligence is a 'legal cause' of damage if it directly and in natural and continuous sequence produces or contributes substantially to producing such damage, so it can reasonably be said that if not for the negligence, the loss, injury or damage would not have occurred. When a person or corporation, through the acts of its employees is negligent, and that negligence causes a personal injury whether a physical personal injury or an emotional personal injury or a wrongful death to a family member, then you may have a right to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit in order to recover damages for economic losses. This includes past and future lost wages, benefits, and medical expenses and non-economic damages which consist of emotional pain and suffering, loss of companionship of a loved one, and loss of household services.