What is Negligence?
In the majority of personal injuries resulting from either a slip and fall or an automobile accident, there is always a basis for holding either an individual or company legally responsible for providing restitution to the individual who has suffered an injury. If you have suffered this type of injury, you should contact a Ketterman Rowland & Westlund injury lawyer immediately.
In general, terms, if someone acts carelessly resulting in another person being injured, the person whose actions were careless will be held responsible due to the legal principle of negligence. Typically, these matters are determined during informal settlement conversations outside of court. However, there are many instances when a courtroom is needed to prove someone’s negligence.
There are several instances when negligence is a determining factor in an automobile accident. One of the most common is known as “failure to yield.” This can be as significant as a motorist making a left turn through a busy intersection before the coast is clear both ways. In can also be as simple as someone backing out of a driveway on a quiet side street.
Often, these types of accidents take place on private property just as well as public roadways. Failure to pay attention while backing out of a parking space at a local grocery store and bumping into an oncoming vehicle is a failure to yield. Neglecting to stop for pedestrians in a crowded crosswalk of a parking lot can also cause serious injury to someone.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Regardless if it happens in a public business such as a department store or the privacy of a residential home, injuries from slip and fall accidents are more common than you might think. In several of these instances, the owner of the property, whether private or public, is legally responsible for compensating for such injuries.
These accidents can happen as a result of several instances. While many people are often injured as a result of carelessness such as a trip or fall, the conditions often play a role in the incident. A wet or slippery floor is a common reason for a fall indoors. Inside accidents can also be caused by surfaces that haven’t been properly waxed or carpet that is bulging or torn.
Outside weather conditions such as snow or ice can also lead to a significant injury from an accident. Failure to provide proper lighting also creates dangerous conditions both inside and out of a privately owned property.
Property Owner Liability
Typically, the property owner is responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their property. If a person who is injured can prove the owner of the property failed to provide and maintain proper circumstances, the person suffering the injury usually has an easy time winning a lawsuit. However, there are a few other conditions that come into play. The amount of time the dangerous situation had been an issue and the conduct of the person who has been injured also plays a role in determining who is responsible for the accident.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in either a slip and fall accident or an incident in a vehicle due to the negligence of another driver, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer. After discussing the details of your injury, the lawyer will be able to determine whether or not the other party involved should be held financially responsible.
During the initial interview with the lawyer, make sure you are asking questions and not only providing answers. How long has the lawyer been practicing personal injury? What is the percentage of their cases that have been won? If the lawyer is good at what they do, they will have no problem sharing this information with you.