The definition of negligence is simply the failure to provide or exercise care that a practical person would exercise in similar circumstances; simply put it can be considered the failure to act accordingly.
Therefore a negligent act is legally considered the failure to act accordingly. For example, a business owner failed to notify patrons of a wet floor although they knew it could cause someone to get hurt and thus caused a slip and fall accident resulting in injuries.
Although a negligent act may not have caused harm intentionally, many negligent act lawsuits are the result of negligence or carelessness.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a negligent act, the injured individual may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim.
Types of Negligent Act Cases
Legally speaking, every person is responsible for injury caused to another or property damage caused. When a person fails to exercise proper care before or after the incident it may be considered negligence.
Some common cases where a negligent act attorney may play a part include:
- Auto Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- wrongful death
- Workers' Compensation
- Legal Malpractice
A negligent party can be held responsible for their actions and the victim may be entitled to damages incurred. The types of damages a person may file for, and receive, are oft dependent on the type of negligence that occurred and how the victim suffered.
In all instances where a claim is being made against a negligent party, proving that the person or party responsible failed to act accordingly and caused your injury is the most important part.
Negligence claims have four elements that must be proven:
- Duty of Care – The obligation an individual has to follow a standard of reasonable care when while performing any act that could lead to the harm of others. For example, drivers should not recklessly speed as it heightens the increase of a motor vehicle collision.
- Breach – Proof that the individual broke the standard rule of reasonable care under the circumstances.
- Causation - Proof that the actual act or inaction was the direct cause of the damages the victim sustained.
- Damages – The confirmation that the negligent individual’s actions or inactions caused damage financially, physically, or mentally.
Those who have been affected by negligence may be eligible to receive damages for the following:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Wages
- Property Damage
- Mental Anguish
If you believe that you may be eligible to make a claim against the negligent party or individual who caused you, or your loved ones, harm contacting an experienced personal injury attorney can help you learn more about your legal rights.
Contact our Negligent Act Attorneys
Gordon & Doner's negligent act attorneys are proud to represent accident injury victims particularly those who were harmed by another person’s carelessness. With more than 180 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable attorneys are dedicated to helping all individuals fight for their right to fair and just compensation.
For years we have been providing comprehensive legal counsel to accident victims throughout the tri-county area. We have several offices located in South Florida and proudly serve the following areas:
- Palm Beach Gardens
- Palm Beach
- Ft. Lauderdale
…and many more local neighborhoods. To find out how we may be able to help you with your negligence claim, contact us at 1 (855) 722-2552 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our dedicated attorneys after a few preliminary questions.
You may also contact us online by filling out the ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ form today.