What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury can range from a minor abrasion to serious physical, mental or emotional injury to an individual’s body or mind. The injury may be temporary or permanent.
Causes of Personal Injury
Negligence is the most important cause of personal injury. Negligence injury is usually unintentional that can be caused by self or by others and include:
- Auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- A fall or slip
- Occupational injuries
Other causes include:
- Intentional Wrongs: Personal injury due to intentional tort by a person. A person’s mindset for the commitment of the tort is necessary during an investigation.
- Defective Products: Certain products you buy may cause injuries even though you used it as recommended. For example, using an electric appliance may cause an electric shock although instructions were followed correctly.
- Dog Bites: A person who owns the dog is legally responsible for any injury the animal causes.
- Premises Liability: It includes slip and fall injuries caused at a premise failing to maintain the general standards for its customers. For example, you slip in a shopping mall due to improper cleaning of the floor. Hence, the shopping mall owner is responsible for the injury.
Treatment and Filing a Lawsuit
If you file a lawsuit for intentional injuries, you may receive compensation if you win the case. It is important to document your injuries and keep receipts for the amount you spend on the diagnosis and treatment of the injuries. You can choose the best doctor for your treatment. In case you cannot afford the treatment, your attorney helps you get your treatment from a doctor who works on a lien basis (receives compensation once you win the case). You should be prepared for the gaps during your treatment due to certain circumstances.