If somebody else is at fault for your injury, you may be able to make a claim against that person and/or their insurance company as a way of collecting monetary compensation. Of course, the type of accident that you were in, as well as the circumstances, will greatly effect how much money you can attempt to collect.
The last thing you want to do is attempt to figure out your personal injury case without professional help. Immediately following your injury (after you receive the proper medical attention) you need to contact a qualified personal injury attorney with the proper experience. If you were in a car accident, hire an attorney who specializes in this area. If you were injured on the job, the same holds true – you need an experienced attorney who practices that area of the law.
Even if somebody else is at fault, it is difficult to say whether you have a case and how much money you should be able to recover. The only way to know for sure is for a personal injury attorney to review the events, while also doing some research on their own.
At the very least, feel free to contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation. You may find that you have no case; there is nothing wrong with this. It is better to know for sure than to wonder forever if you could have been compensated for your injuries.