Black’s Law Dictionary defines “Bodily Injury” as, any physical injury or damage to a person. The injury can be permanent or temporary. It may be the result of a malicious or an unintentional act.
Bodily Injury Is Not Restricted to Only the Main Parts of the Body
Your head, legs, arms, hands, and feet are part of your body. So are your bones, teeth, skin, muscles, and internal organs. Therefore, any damage or injury that impairs the function of any part of your body, organ, or mental faculty is legally considered bodily injury.
Bodily injuries include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Physical pains
- Car accident injuries
Bodily Injury in a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit
If you have bodily injuries caused by the reckless or intentional action of any other person, you may qualify to recover damages. Before you contact a lawyer, see a doctor if you have not done so already. Only a healthcare professional can accurately assess your injuries and prescribe treatment. This is for your well-being.
For you to be considered eligible for recovery, you must show that the other person is liable to you for your injuries. To find out if you qualify to recover damages, a personal injury lawyer will address these factors:
- Duty of care
Duty of care refers to the reasonable expectation that a person will act safely and prudently to avoid an accident. For instance, duty of care might be obeying the rules of the road.
Negligence occurs when this duty of care is breached. For example, if a driver is speeding and collides with your vehicle.
This negligence led to bodily injuries and property damage.
These injuries resulted in physical, mental, or financial damages. For instance, you now have bills from a hospital or have missed work because of your injuries.
Proving Liability and Seeking Recovery Can Be Complicated
A personal injury lawyer can guide you through the complex process of proving liability and seeking recovery if you qualify. Our lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC pursue available recovery on a contingency basis. We work with you to recover recovery that might include:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Mental anguish
Common Causes of Bodily Injury in a Personal Injury Claim
Many situations cause bodily injury. Our firm accepts many kinds of personal injury cases including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Defective products and medical devices
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sexual assault and violence
- Catastrophic injuries
If you have bodily injuries from an accident, please call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at (713) 850-8600 for a free case evaluation.