General Facts about What Constitutes Personal Injury

Many people have heard of the term “personal injury,” but have questions as to what exactly personal injury is and if you are a victim of personal injury, what you are entitled to. In simple terms, personal injury, sometimes also referred to as “bodily injury,” is any physical or mental injury that a person may sustain as a result of someone else’s negligent or harmful act. There are also many different types of personal injury. Some personal injuries are results of car and truck accidents, boating accidents and slip and fall accidents. Also, they may include motorcycle accidents, dog bites and accidents in the home. It may also include medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or wrongful death.

Many times persons who suffer personal injury can receive financial compensation for the injury that they receive. However, the compensation depends on various factors, which may include physical and mental pain and suffering, financial loss and/or economic hardship, a loss in your potential to earn a living and physical impairment. If you suffered a personal injury, you most certainly may be eligible to receive monetary damages. Some of these monetary damages may include lost wages, disfigurement, permanent scars, loss of love and affection, medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disability, embarrassment, mental disability and property damage. It may also include out-of-pocket expenses. 

Also, you may have a claim for personal injury even though you may be the person partly at fault for the accident. However, you should always consult an injury attorney who is experienced in personal injury to assess the viability of your case. Also, before you sign any papers of any kind or give any statements, you should consult with an experienced injury attorney. An experienced attorney will also ensure that you receive fair compensation for the injuries which you have sustained. 

Although many people are concerned about the cost of an injury attorney, usually personal injury cases are handled on what is known as a contingency fee basis, which means that your attorney is generally paid nothing unless your attorney obtains a settlement or a verdict on your behalf. Generally, the contingency fee basis provides that your attorney will receive a percentage of the total recovery on your case after payment of the costs.

There are many issues that may not be covered in the above article. However, to ensure that all of your questions are answered, feel free to contact the attorneys at Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman at our toll-free number 1-800-432-LAWS for a free consultation regarding your personal injury claim.
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