Personal injury law can be divided into two categories of negligence and intentional torts. Negligence in personal injury is where a person is injured through the accidental action of another, which was careless in the disregard for the safety of other people. Examples can be seen in car accidents with one driver at fault or people falling in business as a result of wet floors. Medical malpractice actions may fall under negligence. Torts or intentional torts are where there was an intention of a wrongful act that resulted in an injury. Examples include assault, child abuse and defamation of character.
The statistics suggests that total of 140,203 employees were injured at work in the years 2006 to 2007. In New South Wales, the Work Cover Scheme administers compensation for workplace injuries. Injured workers can receive weekly payment, payments to cover past and future medical treatment, lump sum payments for pain and suffering and lump payments in the event you suffer a permanent impairment as a result of your injury.
If you have been injured by an act of violence, such as assault, a robbery, domestic violence or sexual assault, you may be eligible for an award of compensation including loss of earnings, medical expenses, free counselling, direct financial compensation for the injury sustained.