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Understanding Negligence in a Personal Injury Case

One of the most important elements of any personal injury claim is proving that negligence was a factor in the accident. A person commits negligence when he or she fails to use ordinary care through either an act or omission. 

This is a very basic definition, and should be taken that way. Negligence changes somewhat depending on the area of personal injury law a claim is filed under. Negligence in a car accident will not be the same as negligence committed by a medical professional or negligence committed by a property owner. Drunk driving or speeding excessively are examples of negligence in a car accident; failure to diagnose a medical condition or administering the wrong medication are examples of negligence in a  medical malpractice case; and failure to fix or repair broken or defective equipment on a property, despite knowing of its existence, is considered negligence in a  premises liability lawsuit.

If you think another person is at fault for your injury, you should take a moment and consult a knowledgeable attorney. An attorney can review the circumstances of your accident to determine who is fault and whether or not negligence was indeed a factor in your case. If you can successfully establish negligence, you could be awarded compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost earnings, property damage (if applicable), and any other hardship you experienced as a result of the accident.

Contact a  personal injury lawyer today to discuss pursuing a lawsuit!

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