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What Is A Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim is a claim for damages which a person has suffered as a result of injuries sustained in an accident or as a result of the death of a breadwinner in an accident. As a rule, the accident must have been caused by the negligence of another person.

The most common personal injury claim is for damages suffered by a person arising from an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident or where a dependant’s breadwinner is killed in a motor vehicle accident. Other examples of accidents which may lead to a personal injury claim are incidents where a person is bitten or injured by a dog, or slipping and falling in a shopping centre, on business premises or in a public area.

Damages in this context may include recovery of costs incurred as a result of the injury, such as hospital and other medical expenses, as well as a general amount towards the trauma of pain and suffering. There are different rules applicable in respect of the type of damages.

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