Have you suffered a personal injury at the hands of another person? Regardless of whether they were deliberately trying to harm you or if the injury occurred because they were negligent or irresponsible about your safety, they are responsible. You deserve compensation for the pain and loss you’ve experienced because of their actions – or lack of action.

What counts as a personal injury?

Personal injury claims cover a wide range of injuries. These include motor vehicle accidents, bicycle or pedestrian accidents and accidents involving other types of vehicles such as cruise ships. They can also include injuries suffered on business premises, such as your own workplace, a shopping centre or other place of business. These typically include slip and fall injuries and injuries caused by equipment malfunctions, hazardous materials and broken or unsafe premises.

You can also make a personal injury claim if you were harmed or made ill by a product bought from someone, such as defective products, recalled products, expired food or even toxic substances in consumables. Personal injury also covers violence and harmful acts that cause you injury such as criminal acts and abuse. Medical negligence is also a case of personal injury, for example if a medical practitioner prescribes the wrong medication or treatment or causes harm during a medical procedure.

How can I get compensated for my personal injury?

With the help of a top class attorney, you can get a monetary compensation for all your losses suffered due to the injury. Special damages claims, also known as patrimonial damages claims, will cover financial losses such as past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and loss of support. General damages claims, also known as non-patrimonial damages claims, are not as easily quantified in monetary terms, and the court will make an informed decision in order to assign a monetary value to the claims. These include claims for pain and suffering, disfigurement, and trauma, for example.

If you want compensation for the special and general damages you suffered as the result of a personal injury, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.

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