I. What are personal injuries?
Accidents can happen to anyone and at any time. A personal injury occurs when a person suffers bodily injuries during an accident. Personal injuries refer not only to physical damage; they can refer to psychological damage as well. For example, an accident victim might suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by the particularly distressing experience of the accident.
Accidents and injuries can have a major impact on one's life and may lead to permanent disabilities and financial problems. One may require ongoing medical treatment and suffer from long-term pain. One might be forced to change jobs in the aftermath of the accident, or even be made unemployed. Personal injury claims vary immensely in nature and circumstances as no two accidents are ever the same. When a person's injury or death is caused solely or partly by the fault of another person or agent, the injured victim can institute legal action for personal injuries to obtain compensation from the wrongdoer.