What Is Negligence?

If you have been in an accident and suffered a personal injury, there is a good chance you have heard the term “negligence.” This term is used when trying to determine who is at fault for a crash or accident. Whether you were in a car crash or slipped in a store, something had to have happened to cause your accident. If it was due to the action or irresponsibility of another person or business, that would be considered negligence.

What Is Negligence – The Legal Definition

According to Law.com, negligence is defined as, “failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the circumstances, or taking action which such a reasonable person would not.”

In real life, this can manifest itself in several ways. For example, if a business owner had several rips in their carpet and never fixed it, they could be negligent if you then fell and broke your wrist because they failed to exercise care. In the same way, if a driver was speeding and hit you, they too would be negligent because they took action that a “reasonable person would not.”

How We Look at Negligence After a Personal Injury

We have been representing accident victims for years, and one thing we can say for certain is that hardly anything is cut and dry. As a result, we take the time to really dive into the cases we take on, in order to find out what really happened, what the circumstances were surrounding the evidence, and what role everyone played in it. By truly researching and investigating, we are far better prepared when negotiating with the insurance company. Our clients benefit from this level of dedication, so even if you think you may have been partially at fault, give us a call.

The Other Party Has to Be Found More Negligent Than You

You do not need to be completely blameless to qualify for financial damages after a personal injury. In fact, it is fairly common for the victim to have some level of responsibility, even if it is slight. The key is that the other party has to be more at fault than you are in order for you to receive compensation. Our job is to prove it.

It Is Easy to Talk About Your Case

At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we can go over the details of your accident and let you know whether it appears that the other party was completely at fault or if it looks like they were partially to blame. We can also discuss how the process of filing a personal injury claim works and what you can expect. To learn more or to get started, call 1 (800) 842-8462 or click here to schedule a free consultation.

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