Today we’re going to talk about personal injury and exactly what is personal injury?
Georgia personal injury lawyers in our practice of law handle so many personal injury cases. People often ask me what is personal injury. The dictionary definition of personal injury is a physical injury inflicted on a person’s body, mind or emotions, as opposed to damage to property or reputation. In American culture and most all jurisdictions the term is most commonly used to refer to a tort law suit alleging that the plaintiffs injury has been caused by the negligence of another person. The resulting damages can be many including bodily injury, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering just to name a few.
The most common types of personal injury claims are
- Automobile Accidents
- Premises Liability cases where someone is hurt or injured on the property of another.
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Construction Accidents
Depending on the intent or the negligence of the person responsible for the accident the injured party may be entitled to compensation
from that party by a settlement or even a lawsuit. Typically the damages that arise from a personal injury case are categorized as:
- Special Damages or
- General Damages
Special damages include medical expenses or lost wages or lost earning capacity and also include property damages.
General damages include emotional distress, loss of consortium and pain and suffering just to name a few.
There are many issues surrounding a personal injury claim including liability and damages. As a general rule damages are only recoverable if liability is proven. Once liability has been proven the amount of compensation for personal injury will primarily depend on the severity of the injury. Serious injuries such as broken bones, concussions, disc herniations and lacerations that cause severe personal injury and emotional issues receive the highest recoveries.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact our knowledgeable Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys for a FREE consultation and learn what your case may be worth.
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