“Personal injury law” is quite a general term, isn’t it? In fact it covers a wide variety of types of cases – accidents at work, road traffic accidents, cycle accidents, industrial diseases such as Occupational Hearing Loss, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, Repetitive Strain Injury, slips, trips and falls, accidents on shop premises, accidents in hotels… the list is almost endless. But all these types of cases fall within the area of personal injury law.
And importantly it should be borne in mind that personal injury does not just cover physical injury. It also covers physical, psychological and financial damage.
To proceed with a claim for personal injury, however, there must be negligence. Negligence is an action or inaction that has a risk of causing injury. Here are some examples:
Firstly, you have to be able to prove that the person or entity that caused the injury had a duty of care towards you – that they had a duty to act with reasonable care in a way that would not cause harm.
The action or inaction must count as a breach of that duty.
It then has to be established that the action or inaction has caused personal injury.
If the aforementioned ingredients are there, then you should be able to prove negligence.
In summary, there are many different scenarios that can result in personal injury. Some cases are quite straight forward and others provide many layers of complexity. An experienced personal injury solicitor can assist you with your sort or case. Such a solicitor is likely to have encountered your type of case many times before and will have an established track record in successful claims.