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What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury refers to an injury resulting from an accident, and it can refer to either psychological or physical injury. It is an area of law that covers a variety of accidents and injuries. Personal injury laws help protect people from the negligent or deliberately harmful behavior of another person or entity and provide for compensation when harmful behavior leads to injuries.

Common personal injury claims include:

•    Vehicle crashes, including automobiles, bicycles, or motorcycles
•    Work accidents
•    Slips, trips, or falls
•    Dog bites
•    Pedestrian accidents
•    Defective product accidents
•    Assault claims
•    Medical and dental accidents
•    Traumatic brain injury
•    Birth injury
•    Industrial diseases, including Mesothelioma and repetitive motion injuries
•    Industrial or construction accidents
•    Assault and battery

General damages are paid as compensation for an injury, for example, a payment for pain and suffering or loss of future earnings. The court will decide on the amount to be paid. Special damages are also paid as compensation for actual financial loss caused by the accident up to the date of the hearing. It can include damage to clothing or other belongings, the costs of care, travel costs to hospital, medical expenses; including the cost of private treatment and the cost of hiring and/or repairing a car if it has been damaged in the accident. If the court finds out that you were partly to blame for the accident, it may affect the amount of damages that you may receive and it will probably reduce. An example of this shortcoming on your part would be if you were not wearing a seat belt when you were involved in a traffic accident.

If it can be proven that another party’s negligence or wrongful conduct contributed to a personal injury, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. Many people find that, following an injury, they need to take time off work to recover. However, the strain of financial difficulties can means that they return to work to early, thus worsening the injury. Making a claim can also be a step towards preventing the injury happening to anybody else. In fact, many people who make a personal injury claim do so for this reason alone, regardless of the amount of compensation they may receive.

Personal injury cases may be very complex, and attorney David F. Makkabi’s assistance can be invaluable in helping injured parties receive remuneration for their injuries.

A personal injury case may be resolved through a formal lawsuit or an informal settlement. A personal injury lawsuit is a civil case filed against the person or agency that is alleged to have behaved carelessly or irresponsibly. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorney helps those who have been harmed physically or psychologically due to another person or entity’s negligence or carelessness. Because personal injury laws can be complex and statutes of limitations may vary, if you have been injured by another person’s actions, you should contact our attorney as soon as possible.