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.