When we think of personal injury, the first few things that come to our mind are lacerations, broken bones, and damage to the soft tissue. However, in reality, there are a variety of different personal injuries that involves not only bodily harm but also mental harm and property damage. These injuries can be divided into four different groups, which are physical harm, intentional damage, financial loss, and injury to the reputation of others.
Following are the details regarding the four different categories of injuries mentioned above that are protected by the personal injury law.
Physical or Bodily Injury
It is the most common type of personal injury law and includes all kinds of illnesses, bodily harm, disabilities, and related damage caused by some other person’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing. The majority of the cases regarding personal injury are based on either minor or catastrophic harm. A Kelowna accident lawyer for instance will try to determine the severity of the damage done by another party by evaluating the total medical bills, loss of income due to incapability to work, the time that you will take to recover from illness, or the seriousness of the damage.
Most of the cases of physical injuries involve financial losses in one way or another. As mentioned above, when you suffer a severe harm to your body which makes you unable to continue your job, you have to suffer financial losses due to the loss of income and payment of significant medical bills. However, there are also chances of such economic injuries that can occur without having any physical damage.
Although they are less common, if a person’s property is significantly damaged as a result of another individual’s negligence or a person’s economic stability is threatened due to someone else’s actions, it means that financial injury has taken place. The lawyer will try their best to help the victim receive the amount they deserve due to someone else’s fault by winning the case so that the affected person can become whole once again.
Injury to Reputation
Damage to someone’s reputation can have an enormous impact on the individual’s emotional and financial well-being. All the cases regarding slander or defamation go under this category as they are a type of personal injury. The lawyer legally represents the person who has been a victim of character assassination and tries to get the most from their claim. These cases are crucial for the affected party to win as their reputation depends on it. The damage is so bad that even if the person wins their case, gets compensation and clears their name, it is hard to smooth their crumpled reputation.
Most of the personal injury cases revolve around negligence caused by a particular person, which means that someone couldn’t fulfill their responsibility properly, which is why it resulted in harm to other people. However, in some of the cases, the injury is done deliberately or as a result of such carelessness that it has to be considered intentional.