What Is Personal Injury?
What does personal injury mean? It's a legal term, of course, but it's not as complicated as you might think. Personal injury means that there's been an injury to the body, mind, or brain. It doesn't cover your property. For instance, if you get into a car accident and break your arm, that would be considered a personal injury. If you walked away safe, but your car was damaged, that's not personal injury. However, it's not as simple as just hurting yourself and filing a lawsuit. Personal injury claims claim that the personal injury resulted because of someone else's negligence. Going back to the car accident example, maybe you crashed your car and broke your arm because the other driver was drunk. Their drunk driving put you at risk - your arm wouldn't be broken if they hadn't decided to drive drunk. There is a wide range of personal injury claims. If you've been hurt at work, for example, you can file a claim for that. It's also possible to file a claim for negligent medical attention, or even if you've been the victim of a faulty product. What would you get from a successful personal injury claim? Typically, you'll be rewarded damages in the form of monetary compensation for your injuries. You don't necessarily have to have broken bones either — damages can be rewarded for pain and suffering (like depression or other psychological trauma.) Sometimes, depending on your accident, or if a group of people have experienced similar accidents, it can lead to a ruling. For example, in the car accident situation, say that your airbags didn't work, and other people driving the same model experienced this problem. The court could then force the car company to issue a recall on those airbags. It can seem confusing, and there can be a lot of legal jargon, but that shouldn't stop you from being compensated for personal injury.