Any injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to damage to property, can be regarded as personal injury. Legally one may claim for damages due a personal injury incurred through the negligence of another person, a company or the state.
Legal claims for damages incurred may be initiated as a result the following types of incidents:
- Motor vehicle, train, bus, boat or aeroplane accidents
- Slips, falls and trips in a private or public place
- Assault by the police or other state employees
- Dog and animal bites
- Medical malpractice or negligence
In order to claim compensation for personal injury, it is vital that certain elements concerning the incident can be proven. It has to be proven that the other party was negligent because they failed to take the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the injury, or that the action of the other party resulted in the injury. Should the other party be a company or the state, it must also be proven that the action was unlawful and that it was done against the regulations set out by that company or organ of the state.
Furthermore, it must be proven that the negligence resulted in the injury; for this, proper medical attention must be sought immediately after the incident has occurred. Any medical records, counselling records and records of any treatment received due to the injury should also be kept. Specialist personal injury attorneys, like Leshilo Attorneys, have the necessary legal knowledge and expertise to help determine whether you could have a successful claim.
Claims for damages are often calculated by taking the following expenses into consideration:
- Past hospital and medical expenses
- Future hospital and medical expenses
- Loss of income, both past and future
- Legal expenses
- Any other general expenses
If you suspect that you have been the victim of negligence or have suffered personal injury and would like advice on how to proceed with a civil case, contact an expert personal injury attorney today.