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The fact that mishaps can happen does not detract from the pain and confusion that can occur after an accident or injury due to someone else’s negligence. One way of ensuring that your injuries do not affect your loved ones financially or emotionally is to file a personal injury claim.
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when someone suffers harm from an accident or injury and another person may be legally responsible for that harm. Claims are usually tackled through a series of negotiations, but they can become lawsuits if the parties do not reach a settlement.
Unlike property damage, personal injury goes beyond the harm caused to your belongings (e.g. your car if you were in a car accident) and tackles damages to the following three aspects.
You may suffer from personal physical injuries due to another person’s negligence. These include, but are not limited to:
· Back injuries (e.g. spinal cord injury)
· Neck injuries (e.g. whiplash)
· Hand or wrist injuries (e.g. fractures)
· Ear injuries (e.g. deafness)
· Head injuries (e.g. concussion)
· Eye injuries (e.g. temporary or permanent blindness)
If any of these prevent you from temporarily or permanently carrying out your usual routine or making a living for your family, you need to consult with a legal professional to determine whether or not you are eligible for a personal injury claim.
In addition to bodily injuries, you may end up developing psychological injuries as a result of the accident. These injuries can range from simple fear and shock to acute stress disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Many of these mental injuries can further affect individuals physically, causing loss of appetite, lack of energy, and sleep disturbances. Moreover, they cause emotional injuries, including mood swings.
You or your injured loved one will need to seek special help to overcome these psychological injuries. Therefore, you need to file a personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve and be able to foot the medical bills for your or their treatment.
Emotional distress can be a major part of a personal injury case. This type of harm affects your ability to carry your daily life routine. You may experience fright, humiliation, or crying jags due to the accident. The severity of your emotional distress directly impacts your potential for recovery, which is why you can claim emotional distress damages as a result.
However, you will need to properly document your emotional injuries to claim damages. In addition to telling your doctor about your feelings since the incident, keep a daily journal and record how you have been feeling since the accident. Make sure to write down the ways in which your life has been affected as a result. It’s also advisable to visit a chiropractor.
There are many legalities concerned with each of these injuries and claiming their damages. Therefore, you need to have a reliable legal personal injury attorney by your side to help you. They will help you negotiate a fair settlement.