Accidents happen all the time—however, if you suffer a personal injury due to downright carelessness of a third party, then you may be entitled to compensation and have the right to file a claim. If you want to file a claim, contact a personal injury lawyer to help you through the process. This article will explore the concept of negligence and the role it plays in personal injury law.
- What is negligence in a legal context?
Negligence is from the Latin word neglegere, which literally means “not to pick up.” Negligence doesn’t refer to intentional or specific harm, but rather carelessness that leads to a person getting hurt or even dying. For example, if a business allows clearly unsafe conditions to exist on its property, then that business is negligent and is responsible for any injuries incurred.
- When is negligence applicable?
If a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the body, then he is being negligent. Negligence is not applicable, however, if a surgeon performs a patient-approved, high-risk surgery that fails. Negligence is only a factor when there has been an error that could have been easily avoided. This applies to car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall injuries, and nearly any other time someone exercises carelessness.
- What should you do if someone is negligent?
If you or a loved one has become the victim of someone’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. You should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately to lay out your case and present the guilty party with proof of carelessness. Most of the time, the guilty party will see that you have a good case and will settle out of court. If not, then the case will go to trial and be settled by a judge or jury.
If your life is no longer the same because of someone’s careless mistake, then you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law—our Montgomery County personal injury lawyers will be happy to review your case and recommend the next course of action. Call us today at (610) 275-7990 to find out more.
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