First, it’s important to define the term negligence, as it’s the general basis of personal injury lawsuits. Simply put, negligence is the failure of one party to use reasonable care when performing some action and, consequently, causing damage, accidents and/or injuries. Here, “reasonable care” typically means the level of care that a reasonable person would have exerted in the same situation or under similar circumstances.
Given this, some examples of negligence can include (but are not exclusively limited to):
- Drunk driving, distracted driving and other types of driver error that cause motor vehicle accidents
- Failure to keep premises safe and, in turn, causing slip and fall accidents
- Failure to properly diagnose a medical condition and, in turn, causing health complications.
There are countless other examples of negligence in these cases, so it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney to find out more regarding your accident and whether you may have a viable personal injury claim.