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Do You Know What Counts as Personal Injury?

Aug 18, 2007
Are you confused about what is the correct definition or meaning of personal injury? Do not worry... you are not alone. There are many people out there who have no idea what personal injury actually means. However, in case you find yourself in a position where you will need to file a personal injury claim, it will be good that you learn about it in detail.

What Is Personal Injury?
The first thing to do when you want to understand a topic, a word or a phrase is to look up its definition. By definition, personal injury is any injury that you suffer for which you will hold another person, company, corporate, organization responsible. This could be the result of an act of omission or commission on their part which resulted in your injury. The personal injury could be only physical, only psychological or both.

The personal injury could be the result of:

- something that was supposed to be done but was not done
- negligence, carelessness on the part of the other party
- ignorance, callousness, and so on

The personal injury could happen anywhere:

- it could be at your work place
- while you are traveling in a road accident
- at home, as a result of a defective product
- in a shopping mall or super market

How Should You Go About Filing A Personal Injury Claim?
First of all try to minimize the damages to the fullest extent possible. In case you are hurt physically, ensure that you get immediate medical attention. In case your property has been affected ensure that you minimize the damage as much as it is possible in the circumstances.

Secondly, be very meticulous about recording everything about the incident. It is in your best interest to sit down as soon as you can after the injury and write down all the details as you recollect them. You might need to describe the accident or incident in court, and you will need to be as accurate as possible. Keep all the receipts that represent the expenses you incurred for medical treatment following the accident.

In case you needed medical attention, request the medical practitioner to record that you have been injured as a result of an accident. If possible, ask for photographs to be taken of your injuries prior to treatment being administered. If it is possible to photograph the location where the accident took place this will be excellent evidence. It is also a good idea to get contact information for anyone who witnessed the event that led to the injury.

Lastly, select an attorney with expertise in personal injury law to handle your claim. By taking the advice of expert legal counsel, you will be best informed regarding how to proceed in filing your claim so that you will receive just compensation.
About the Author
Toronto Ontario personal injury lawyer for car accidents, malpractice, dangerous property & products and attorney for wrongful death.
http://www.bergellaw.com/
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