What Is Personal Injury
What Is Personal Injury, Precisely?
You may have been injured in some incident or accident recently and find that you now have a lot on your plate, indeed. You may be unable to work and be unsure how long the situation is going to last. You may have significant bills, which may not be covered by any insurance. You might find that it is now difficult to make ends meet and this is causing additional friction at home, triggering a certain amount of depression and even despair. You might think that this is all unfair as it was not your fault, but you’re not really sure where you stand, legally.
From the point of view of potential compensation and the legal system, what is personal injury, definitively? To place this in context, there are many different situations in life where you could be involved in some accident or incident caused by the negligence of some other individual or entity.
For example, you might simply have been having a quiet night out at the local pub or enjoying some of the latest tunes at a nightclub. You may wonder whether you have a case if you slip and fall due to poor lighting, wet floor conditions or something similar. After all, you re there voluntarily and in your leisure time. Understand that these locations have a much higher than average adverse track record when it comes to slip and fall injuries and as these conditions were inherently unsafe there was a risk of injury, about which you weren’t adequately warned. Owners of these locations have a duty to keep visitors who are invited or permitted to be there reasonably safe. This is covered under the Occupiers Liability Act of 1957, where they are expected to take care of any visitors to the premises.
Let’s look at another example. Did you know that almost 2/3 of motorcycle accidents are caused by other road users? The main culprits are drivers of cars who turn right without looking properly and who fail to anticipate what other road users are doing. Unfortunately you, as a motorcycle rider, are very susceptible to injuries in these situations and they can be traumatic indeed. You need to be able to pursue a claim for personal injury against the driver and the insurance company.
If you’re at work and another employee is acting recklessly and, by his or her action, causes an incident that results in a personal injury to you, you may wonder what your best course of action is. This is covered under the law by vicarious liability, where your employer may well be liable for the actions of this other employee.
There are so many potential situations in day-to-day life where an accident, injury or illness could be triggered. Whenever you feel that an injury was caused by the negligence of another party you need to consult with a qualified and experienced personal injury solicitor, who will help you to determine your best course of action in order for you to receive what is rightfully yours.