‘Negligence’ is a fairly broad term which can be confusing if you have recently suffered an injury for which you believe another party bears some responsibility. In short, a person is negligent if they have failed to meet the behavioral standards to protect you from harm which could have been prevented had they met those standards. If you are confused by what negligence means in regard to your situation, take a look at some common examples.
Car accident negligence includes various reckless actions by the driver who caused the crash, such as cell phone use while driving, running a red light or stop sign or driving under the influence. Since the driver responsible for the accident could have prevented it by not engaging in careless or reckless behavior while driving, they are considered negligent and bear some responsibility for the injuries and harm caused to the other drivers involved.
Slip and Fall
A person is not necessarily entitled to compensation for injury and loss just because they fell on someone else’s property, as any negligence lawyer will tell you. Whether the property owner is negligent depends on what caused the slip and fall. For example, if you tripped over a clear door-frame that is in good condition, because you were distracted, the property owner is not responsible for any injuries. But if you are injured because your foot goes through stairs the owner has failed to repair or maintain, the owner may be liable for negligence for failing to act.
Manufacturers have a duty to produce items that perform in a reasonably safe way. A car maker, for instance, is expected to produce cars without defects which are dangerous. So, if a car manufacturer releases a model that has faulty brakes, it may be liable for negligence when drivers of the car are hurt because they cannot stop properly.
Do You Have a Case?
Essentially, you should always speak to a negligence lawyer before deciding whether you have a reason to go to court. A person with legal knowledge is better suited to determine the merits of your case. In the broader sense, if you are not at fault in whatever caused your injury but someone else is because they failed to behave reasonably, you probably have a valid case for negligence in court and are entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and other losses, such as wages lost because of your condition.