What Is The Difference Between A Sexual Harassment Case & A Personal Injury Case?


Personal injury suits are generally based upon negligence as defined by statutes. Automobile accidents are the most common form of personal injury lawsuits. Personal injuries are generally easier to prove. For example, if your car is hit from behind by another car, the driver would be at fault for your injuries.

On the other hand, sexual harassment lawsuits are generally based upon intentional acts upon victims, not negligence. Sexual harassment cases have to be proved by witnesses or documents. People who commit sexual harassment make efforts not to be caught.

The damages for a personal injury suit are called pain and suffering, and they are measured by the number of medical bills. In sexual harassment lawsuits, these damages are called emotional distress. It is easier to prove physical injuries rather than emotional injuries.

The winners in personal injury cases are not entitled to attorney fees, whereas, in sexual harassment cases, the victims are entitled to attorney fees.

Is Sexual Harassment a Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a defined as a bodily injury, it does not include property. The damages that are a result of sexual abuse or hasrassment are difficult to quantify unlike in personal injury cases. Sexual abuse can lead to:

  • Severe Emotional Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • PTSD

  • Headaches

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Chest Pain

  • Muscle Aches

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Dizziness

  • Loss of Appetite

If you have suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace and have experienced any of the above symptoms; do not hesitate to reach out to the Los Angeles Sexual Harassment attorney at Alan Burton Newman, PLC. We are here to help guide you through the process, call us today to discuss your options.