Personal injury can be defined as any injury that arises due to the negligence or intentional, harmful acts of another. In many cases of personal injury, the party responsible for the injury acted carelessly and recklessly with the safety of others which resulted in a personal injury to an innocent party. When an individual should reasonably foresee that their action or inaction could lead to the injury of another, the party responsible for the injury may be held liable for damages. Personal injuries can be bodily injury, property damage, the denial of an individual’s civil liberties, or defamation of the individual’s character or reputation. Whatever form it takes, the effects of personal injuries on a victim’s life can be devastating, permanent, and overwhelming to both the victim and his or her family.
There are many situations in which personal injuries may occur, and some of these situations may include: car accidents, slip and fall accidents, products liability cases, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. For example, car accidents may occur because a driver is distracted and driving carelessly. Drivers can become distracted where there are multiple occupants in the car or when they are not paying close attention to the road and traffic signs or conditions (i.e. talking on the phone or texting while driving). Another example of a situation in which it may occur is medical malpractice. A medical personal injury may occur when a doctor fails to diagnose, does not provide proper or timely treatment, or prescribes the wrong medication. This can cause serious harm to the victim. In some cases, death has resulted as a consequence of of this malpractice.
When an individual is faced with a personal injury that affects their ability to work and provide for their family, the individual may want to consider seeking professional legal counsel to assist them with their case. Because the inability to work can affect an individual’s financial stability or because the seriousness of the personal injury may leave the victim permanently unable to work, it is imperative that victims of personal injury hold accountable those parties responsible for their injuries. Victims may be entitled to financial remuneration by those responsible for their injuries. Damages may be awarded to victims for pain and suffering, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, lost future earnings, and loss of companionship.