A personal injury is an injury to your body, mind, or emotions. It can be caused by someone else’s action (or inaction) or by a natural event.
Most personal injuries are the result of accidents – like car accidents, slip and falls, or dog bites. But you can also have a personal injury if you’re sexually assaulted, if you develop an illness from exposure to a hazardous material, or if you’re injured as a result of medical malpractice.
If someone else caused your personal injury, you may be able to sue them for financial compensation. This is called “making a claim” or “filing a lawsuit”. In some cases, you may also be able to get money from insurance companies.