Personal Injury

Definition

Personal Injury legally means an accident or mishappening that has caused damage resulting in mental, physical or psychological pain. Any of the bodily injury as a result of an attack, negligence or accident can also be categorized as personal injury. One can file law suit against the person, agency, association, corporate or any group that is responsible for the damage and can claim economic compensation for the loss.

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The issue of Personal Injury initiates by assessing whether the person or body you are claiming against is actually responsible for the damage caused. The next step in the process would be to evaluate if the economic compensation claimed truly reflects the extent of damage or loss suffered.

If both of the above mentioned conditions are satisfied, you have a personal injury case. Each state has its own statutes of limitations that determine the amount of time a person has to file for the claim. An attorney should be contacted as early as possible to file a law suit for personal injury. Only an expert personal injury lawyer can guide you in complicated issues like personal injury.

Some of the key issues that come under personal injury laws are:

  • Road accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Animal bites
  • Wrongful death
  • Slip and fall
  • Workplace injuries
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Aviation accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boat accidents head & brain trauma
  • Nursing home abuse
  • An injury or illness from a holiday or traveling abroad.
  • An illness caused through medical negligence.
  • Injuries caused by a product you have purchased

Personal injury also means any injury resulting from:

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Malicious prosecution
  • False arrest

What should you do whey you want to claim for personal injury?

Two critical issues in any legal claim after an accident or injury are:

  1. What exactly happened during the incident that gave rise to the claim?
  2. What kind of harm resulted?

Just note down every little thing that has caused accidents. Injury law is complex so it may take a year or so to get your rights. In order to successfully claim for your right it is important to remember even the minutest detail of incident that led to the accident.

What shall you make note of?

Just note down exactly what happened before, during and after the accident. Mention the time, place weather condition, people present, words said. How the incident played out, what you felt and experienced and anything that you may consider is worth to mention.

The next thing to record is to make a note of your injuries and extent up to which you have suffered (physical, mental and financial). Medical Treatment you received, the number of days you missed to work, meeting, vacations or any such schedules that are being cancelled or postponed and the affect of your injuries on your close family relationship.

Take notes throughout the claim process

As your claim progresses, continue to keep track of new developments by taking notes after any conversations with your insurance company, medical care providers, witnesses to the incident, and anyone else with whom you discuss important aspects of your case. Write down each person’s name and contact information, the date and place of the conversation, and as much as you can remember about what was said.

Preserve evidences and take photos

To substantially claim for the compensation save pictures of the accident scene, your personal injury and other evidences that may be of some importance. This will help you to physically present something in court that can act as evidence.

Though taking time to do all these may sound impractical thinking about the traumatic experience one undergoes during the time of accident. But if you or your loved one can manage to do this, it will be a great boon for you.

Read More about Personal Injuries >> Do’s and Don’ts After an Accident or Injury

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