How to Get Compensation for Personal Injury

Personal injury is recognized by civil law and avails you an opportunity to receive monetary compensation for a proven social wrong or accident. Where it involves loss of life, the family of the deceased can claim for wrongful death from the organization or person responsible for the demise of their loved ones.

In some cases, there are a number of persons that might be responsible for the loss or injury suffered and where this is the case, the plaintiff can successfully sue to be awarded the desired compensation for the loss suffered. Where the defendant pleads innocence in the suit, he might point at another entity or individual and that person becomes a cross-defendant.

Burden of Proof

The burden of proof that needs to be satisfied in a personal injury claim is significantly lower than that involved in a criminal case. While the defendant might escape prosecution in a criminal suit, the civil suit provides grounds to receive compensation for the same conduct.

The objective in a personal injury claim is to receive monetary compensation and not to prove criminal negligence. On some grounds, punitive damages can be a subject of the claim and be successfully granted against malicious misconduct by such named defendant.

Proving Negligence for Personal Injury

Personal Injury claims may arise from mechanical accidents, professional misconduct, and abuse of the duty of care, premises liability or other accidents. People who file personal injury claims do so based on reckless conduct or injuries rather than deliberate conduct. 

What the plaintiff needs to prove is mostly the defendant’s actual causation, proximate causation, a subsisting and breach of the duty of care as well as the actual damages.


A defendant’s duty varies depending on the circumstances but everyone owes a duty of care to avoid injury to others from their actions. An accident at a storefront from a decaying or failed part of the building will make the store owner negligent, having failed to ensure the safety of the business premises.

In the same vein, a Physician who prescribes medication that proved fatal to a patient owes a duty of reasonable conduct as a reasonable person with the requisite training and professional standard.

 It is the Physician’s duty to ensure that all necessary tests are carried out before prescribing or administering any curative or preventive remedy on the patient. A failure to do this exposes him to claims by the injured party

Likewise, a driver who runs over a cyclist because he was distracted by a phone call or texting while driving can be held negligent for the losses suffered by the cyclist on perfectly actionable grounds. A resulting personal injury claim will be successful.  


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