If you’ve been injured, especially if your injury was caused by a car accident, you may have questions about the differences between “personal injury” and “bodily injury.” These terms have different meanings and both come up in lawsuits and other claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents.
“Personal injury” refers to any injury that occurs after an accident. Personal injury applies to both physical injuries, like a broken bone; and mental injuries, like emotional distress. Damages, or compensation, in a personal injury claim can include lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional suffering, loss of consortium, and wrongful death.
The term “bodily injury” is often seen on insurance policies and in claims involving car accidents. If you’re in a car accident and believe the other driver caused your injuries, your medical bills could be covered by their insurance. However, even if you expect this to be the case, you’ll still want to notify your own insurance company of the accident immediately.
If you have been injured in a car accident, Lewis & Lewis, P.C. can help you determine whether you have a case for personal injury, bodily injury, or both.