An injury is “being hurt” in easy words. In legal words an injury caused to body or mind is considered to be a personal injury. In the eyes of law personal injury has many classifications and facts.
Generally, personal injury is divided in to two categories. They are:
Physical Injury: An injury to your body is recognized as physical injury. Suppose David was climbing down stairs while texting. Suddenly he misses a step and fell down. Medical report shows that he has a broken a bone or two for crashing down on his feet. So David got personally injured by a physical injury.
Mental Injury: An injury to your subconscious mind is addressed as a mental injury. Mental injuries are usually mental distress caused from an unpleasant event. Suppose Alice had a fire in her house. She didn’t get harmed because she could come out of her house in time. But the event put her in a nervous breakdown. And after the event she gets scared each time she hears any hushing sound similar to gas leak. So Alice here had a mental injury from the event.
A physical or mental injury can be caused by several reasons. Any accidents can cause a physical, mental or both injuries. Here are a few common reasons for personal injury:
- Slip & Fall: This may not be a leading cause. But a big number of people gets minor or major injury in slip and fall cases. In United States, someone is tripping and falling every minute we count. Most slip and fall accidents happen indoors.
- Road Accident: This a major cause of personal injuries in the urbanized areas. Cities with large traffics like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have large records of road accidents every year.
- Assault: You can also get personal injury from an assault. Everyone has a beef with someone and every now and then someone gets beaten. Most cases of assaults are related to borrowing money or drugs.
- Other Accidents: Common household accidents are another cause of personal injuries. Just like I mentioned earlier about a girl named Alice being injured from a fire in her house.
What to Do
In case someone else is responsible for your accident then you can try to sue that person legally. For that you will need to hire a personal injury attorney to file a case and arrange a settlement. A settlement can get you medical expense and financial cost for your accident as well.
Did you know that slip and fall is the leading cause of emergency room visits in US? Well I sure as hope you won’t have to.
Negligence of yourself or someone else is a common start of almost every accident. If you can manage to be a little cautious about your movements then you may avoid personal injuries. But if you already had to do that and now you are looking for help then get a personal injury lawyer right after your accident. But remember, your medical care is the first priority.
Author: Stephen Zee