What is a Personal Injury?

We’ve all heard of the term ‘personal injury’ and we’ve all seen the adverts on TV.  However, all too many people – especially if they’re not lawyers – don’t even understand the term!

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Personal injury is a legal term for any injury to the body, the mind or to emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.  Therefore it can cover physical injury, psychiatric and psychological injury.  If you have suffered injury to your person, then it is a personal injury.  Furthermore, an illness (again, be it psychological or physical) can be classed as a personal injury.

Personal injuries can take place at work, in your home or in someone else’s home, in the car or on the street.  In fact, a personal injury can take place anywhere.  Examples of personal injury may include:

  1. Stress and anxiety caused by work;
  2. Injury in a car accident;
  3. Disease caused by working, for example asbestosis or legionnaires disease;
  4. Injuries caused by badly laid or broken paving stones on the pavement;
  5. Injuries caused by a faulty product, such as an electric shock from a faulty appliance or faulty wiring;
  6. Injuries caused by a dentist or doctor, or an illness caught in hospital.

Even if the injury is minor, it is still deemed a personal injury.

Can I claim compensation for a personal injury?

If you have suffered a personal injury at any time and have suffered a result of the injury, then you may be able to claim compensation in the form of damages.  However, the injury must have been caused by the negligence of another person or third party. This third party could be a government body, such as a council, a company or a business entity.

You may be able to claim compensation for earnings lost as a result of the injury, including wages lost due to taking time off of work.  If you are self-employed, time spent recovering may mean lost work contracts, which you may also be able to claim for.

You may also incur hospital and other medical fees, or those who care for you may be able to claim for their losses.

Remember that it is not only yourself you can claim for.  If someone you love and who you depended on is killed or injured in an accident, you can also claim for the pain and financial losses you have suffered.

What should I do if I have suffered a personal injury?

If you have suffered a personal injury and it was caused by a third party then call us now at Manners Pimblett.  Our specialist personal injury lawyers will provide you with a FREE CONSULTATION where they can assess whether you have a reasonable claim for compensation. We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772.

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