A personal injury is a legal term to describe physical or mental harm to your person, as opposed to your property.
People may claim compensation if they are injured as a result of an accident which was not their fault – this is referred to as a personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim is a civil claim, usually dealt with by a personal injury lawyer.
If the person responsible for the accident has insurance, their insurance company may have to pay compensation to the injured person, as well as their legal fees.
The most common types of personal injury claims are for:
For more information see tackling the compensation culture: the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill (pdf 2.4MB).