In legal terms, personal injury means any physical, mental, or financial injury you suffer as a result of another party's negligence or wrongful act. That can mean a lot of different things, and since the law covers so many different situations, the best thing you can do if you're injured is talk to a lawyer.
In more situations than you might realize, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If you're hurt because of another person's actions or their negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Many physical injuries are obvious, though there are some you might not immediately consider. Examples of physical harm include sickness and disease, birth injuries or defects, brain and spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death claims.
Mental injury can be just as acute and damaging as harm to your body. For that reason, personal injury claims have provisions so that victims of psychological harm can be compensated for their pain and suffering.
Any costs that you have to pay or money that you were prevented from receiving as a result of your injury may be included in your compensation.
Financial harm includes losses such as lost wages from time of work, medical bills, and ongoing treatment expenses.
Aside from the types of injuries listed above, there are other situations in which another person's wrongful actions can cause damage to you or your reputation.
You may be entitled to compensation if you're a victim of libel, slander, wrongful or malicious prosecution, or false arrest or imprisonment.