What Personal Injury Damages Can I Claim?

Did you know that you can make a legal claim if your personal injury was caused by the negligent or malicious actions of another person? Personal injuries often occur when a person visits premises that are not effectively maintained, for example by falling through a hole or on a wet floor, having part of the structure fall on you, or falling due to a lack of railings or barricades. A personal injury could also be caused by a physical assault, during a fistfight or a mugging, for example. Employers and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all staff and visitors are adequately protected when on their premises. This includes providing the correct safety equipment when applicable, installing adequate safety features and signage, and maintaining a safe and secure infrastructure.

Claiming for personal injuries

If you believe that your personal injury was caused by the negligence of another person, you can claim against this person or their establishment for the losses that you suffered as a result of the injury. The main costs that you are likely to claim compensation for are your medical expenses. These include the medical costs of treating the injury at the time as well as any future medical expenses that might arise from the injury. If the injury prevented you from going to work or earning an income, you can also claim for loss of income. If you were the main income provider for your family or household, you can also claim for loss of support on their behalf. Lastly, you can also make a claim for general damages. This includes all the trauma, pain, suffering and inconvenience that your injury led to.

Legal assistance with personal injury claims

Paul du Plessis Attorneys are specialists in personal injury claims. We have over eighteen years of experience in medico-legal services, and offer the highest level of legal care and assistance for any personal injury related cases. Our high success rate and affordability makes us the preferred choice in legal assistance for many South Africans. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys if you need advice about your personal injury.

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