What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury can be understood as harm sustained by one’s body. Such harm can be physical as well as psychological. When a person gets injured due to another’s person fault or negligence, it gives rise to personal injury litigation. The wrong doer can sued for the purposes of seeking compensation for the injured party. A person can be held liable for such injury when he was negligent in his conduct or he failed to take reasonable care (Car driver collides with a pedestrian because he failed to observe a traffic light) This concept falls under the ‘Tort Law’.
Examples where personal injury litigation comes to play:
- Automobile accidents
- Error in hospital treatments
- Injury at workplace (work related diseases)
- Psychological illness due to a crime or abuse faced by the victim
- Hitting a person
- Selling of faulty product which may be harmful to the consumer etc
Damages which can be recovered
A victim may successfully recover medical expenses, compensation for pain, suffering, loss of future earning, attorney’s fees, damage to property etc after the case is decided in his favour.
In the US and UK, personal injury litigation is quite common. There are many law firms which deal with cases in this area. The Law firms not only handle the legal procedure but also help the victims in rehabilitation. Manchester based Law Firm ‘Croftons’ deals with cases of personal injury on No win-no fees bases. The client is charged fees only if the lawyer wins the case.