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What Is Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim?

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Personal injury cases occur when another person acts carelessly or recklessly and causes another person’s injury. In other words, the person at fault for the injuries acted “negligently.” Personal injury cases rely on the legal concept of “negligence” to determine which parties should be held liable for an accident. Our personal injury attorneys dive into the concept of negligence and why it is a vital part of every personal injury case.

Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim

One of the first steps in a personal injury claim is to prove that another person was negligent in a situation that resulted in another person’s injury. An attorney will need to demonstrate that the person had a “duty of care,” or the responsibility to act with caution but failed to do so.

A form of negligence that occurs daily and results in many personal injury cases is distracted driving. Drivers are expected to follow traffic laws and drive cautiously. When a driver fails to pay attention to the road or drives recklessly and injures another driver, they are acting negligently.

However, negligence doesn’t always come in such obvious forms. For example, if an employer fails to make their workplace safe or fails to provide safety training for workers using heavy machinery, they could also be considered negligent. The employer has a responsibility to keep employees safe and prevent workplace accidents. Even if the employer didn’t directly cause the machinery to injure the worker, they could be held liable for failing to teach the worker how to handle the machines appropriately.

What Should I Do If I Was Injured in an Accident?

If you were injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. An experienced attorney can analyze your case and help you gather the evidence you need to hold the responsible party liable for their negligence. Our team at Reno & Zahm LLP has years of experience helping those injured throughout Rockford. Let our team help you get the compensation you need to protect your future.

Contact our Rockford personal injury attorneys today at (815) 987-4050 to schedule a case review!

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