Getting injured is just another part of human living. But when does an injury turn into a “personal injury,” legally speaking? There are several scenarios that can lead to personal injury, and the victim has the complete right to take legal action and demand compensation. This article will take an in-depth look at personal injury and what qualifies as a personal injury.
What is considered a “Personal Injury”?
Any trauma, accident, or illness that affects a person physically and psychologically is considered a personal injury. It is important to note that the type and extent of injury determine the seriousness of every case. For example, if an injury causes both physical and psychological pain, the person in question has the right to demand higher compensation.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of personal injury. However, the term has become very popular in slip and fall cases, medical malpractice cases, holiday and workplace injuries, criminal injuries, and defective/faulty product injuries. There are several cases in which work-related chronic stress can also be considered a personal injury. The term is also applicable to diseases and illnesses, for example, exposure to asbestos at work and if someone becomes ill from food poisoning on holiday.
Most Common Types of Personal Injury
Here are the most common types of personal injury:
● Car Accidents
Today’s cars are laden with security features, but accidents still occur, leading to significant personal and financial loss. Human error is the primary cause behind these accidents. A person who has sustained severe injuries due to a car accident has a right to demand personal injury compensation. Doing so requires the expertise of a seasoned lawyer who will help with legal matters and show the right track to follow.
● Work-Related Injury/Illness
There is always some risk of injury at the workplace. This can range from chronic stress to exposure to harmful substances. Health and safety regulations are meant to reduce these risks and ensure complete employee safety, but if your employer has failed to upload these safety standards, you have the complete right to demand legal compensation in case of a work-related injury.
● Medical Negligence
Medical negligence cases are more common than you might have thought. The risk is significant, especially in cases involving surgical intervention. Doctors are humans, which means they are prone to errors and mistakes. Unfortunately, these mistakes can lead to significant physical and mental damage. Financial compensation can be requested if you think that your medical team did something wrong. In more severe cases, a criminal case can also be filed.