Legal terminology sometimes sounds complicated and difficult to understand, but not always. If you have had an accident or injury, you have probably heard the term “personal injury.” But what type of situation merits the term personal injury? A personal injury is an injury to a person’s body, mind, or emotions. Personal injuries do not include damage to one’s reputation or property.
Personal injuries include fractures, wounds, and injuries to the neck and spine—the physical aspect of personal injuries. Though more difficult to prove, mental anguish, fear, anxiety, shame, and depression also constitute personal injuries since the law recognizes not only physical but emotional damages as a result of slips and falls warranting compensation.
If you have had a personal injury, you should contact the appropriate specialist lawyers immediately under the following circumstances:
- When you realize that your injury is severe enough to require medical attention. You will have to deal with insurance company bureaucracy, extensive medical copayments, and the cost of medicine, treatment, and even loss of income.
- When you suffer a personal injury, mainly in cases of slips and falls, and the insurance company backing the person or institution where you fell begins to analyze your case with the goal of demonstrating their lack of responsibility for compensation.
- If you are not a lawyer specializing in these cases, if will be difficult or impossible for you to prove that your fall was totally or mainly caused by the negligence of the property owner or person responsible for the institution or house.
Premises liability cases are one of the most difficult areas in which to establish negligence because of the following factors:
- Slips and falls happen so fast that often we don’t even know how they happened ourselves.
- Sometimes we are partly responsible.
- There is more than one version of what happened, even when dangerous conditions are present.
If you hire lawyers, they will help you in the following ways:
- They will send investigators to the scene of the accident to take pictures of the place before the problem is corrected, if they deem it necessary.
- Lawyers will then check the records of the person responsible to find out whether other slips or falls have already happened and how long the dangerous conditions have been in place, as well as business policies for avoiding liquid spill accidents and if these policies were fulfilled.
- They will also make sure that you meet the statute of limitations which allows you two years for filing a claim in Pennsylvania.
Make sure you do everything possible to win your case and recover the compensation you deserve. The best way to do so is to turn your case over to an attorney who will fight for you on the intellectual and financial level of the insurance company.