In a negligence case action, personal injury is described as any harm caused to a person, such as a broken bone, a cut, or a bruise; bodily injury. It also refers to any invasion of a personal right, including mental suffering and false imprisonment. For purposes of workers’ compensation, any harm (including a worsened preexisting condition) that arises in the scope of employment can be referred to as personal injury.
There is a very wide range of situations that can come under this area of law.
Personal injury also means any injury resulting from:
- Libel or Slander
- Malicious Prosecution
- False Arrest
Here are other practice areas in which we can provide you counsel and/or assistance:
- Auto Accident
- Amusement Ride Accidents
- Animal Bites
- Aviation Accidents
- Boat and Cruise Ship Accidents
- Burn Accident Injury
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Defamation and Libel
- Defective Products
- Electrical Shock
- Head and Brain Injury
- Medical Mal Practice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Trucking Accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
A personal injury claim can also result from any kind of bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death sustained by any person and caused by an occurrence for which the state may be held liable. The first step in a possible personal injury claim is to assess whether the person who you are claiming is at fault is truly legally responsible for your injuries. Then you should analyze whether or not the damages you are claiming truly reflect the extent of your injuries or losses.
If both of the above conditions are satisfied, you may have a personal injury case. There exists in many states, though, a statue of limitations that controls the amount of time a person has to file a claim. This is why it is important for you to contact us as soon as your incident has occurred. If time has elapsed between the occurrence and/or incident, we will be able to advise you if you are within the appropriate time frame to pursue a claim or potential claim.
Most of us by law have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage through our own insurance company, which provides coverage for a percentage of our medical treatment and lost wages. The standard PIP coverage amount is $10,000.00 and it covers 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages. The great thing about PIP is that your coverage is always there for you to use regardless of who was at fault for the accident. When you purchase insurance, you should consider asking your insurance agent the following questions:
- How much PIP coverage is included in this policy?
- Do I have a PIP deductible?
- Can I purchase additional PIP or Medical Payment coverage?