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The History of Personal Injury Law

Have you ever wondered how we got to our current rules and laws regarding personal injury claims? Rhode Island personal injury lawyer Kevin P. Landry has put together a fascinating “infographic” detailing the path from 10,000 B.C to today. Click here to see the full graphic. Here’s a description:

The history of personal injury law is not a straight path by any stretch. Most personal injury historians would argue that there is no specific start to when personal injury law began, but legal historians do agree that legal systems have existed in some form since ancient history but usually as a more general common form of law.

Personal injury laws did not come into their own until the 20th century and when personal injury lawyers started advertising their services in the mid-21st century is when personal injury law became far more mainstream.

Here we discover the origination of personal injury law from ancient times through Classical Greek and Roman periods, through res ipsa locuitur, all the way to the first television ads by Jacoby and Meyers to the dawn of the Internet.


Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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