Denver Personal Injury 101: What Is Negligence & How Do I Know When It’s Occurred?
A Denver personal injury attorney explains what negligence is.
Negligence is a fundamental concept to personal injury law and cases. In general, negligence is a failure to act with the same level of care that a reasonable person, under similar circumstances, would apply in that situation. When negligence results in harm to another person, that person can pursue financial recovery from the negligent party via a personal injury case.
Examples of Negligence
Negligence can arise in a number of ways and in a number of different settings. Some common examples of negligence, however, include:
For traffic accidents – Driver negligence, such as aggressive driving, drunk driving and distracted driving; manufacturer negligence, which can arise when defective vehicle equipment causes crashes; and other negligence, which can come into play when roadways are not properly maintained or when commercial carriers (like trucking companies) contribute to roadway hazards.
For premises liability accidents – Property owner and/or manager negligence, which can come in the form of failing to fix broken features at the property, failing to warn visitors of hazards at the property, and even failing to provide sufficient security for the property.
For other personal injury accidents – Negligence for other types of personal injury accidents and incidents can vary widely, with the specifics of the case being pivotal to determining the nature of the involved negligence.
Who Can Be Negligent
Based on the above examples, it’s easy to see that a wide array of parties can be negligent and, in doing so, cause harm to others. Generally, negligent parties that can be named as defendants in personal injury lawyers include (but may not be exclusive to):
Individuals, including people of the general public, professionals, etc.
Businesses and other private entities, such as homeowners’ associations
Municipalities and other government entities.
Financial Recovery for the Victims of Negligence
When negligence results in physical injuries and/or other harm to people, these victims – which can include families who lose loved ones to fatal personal injuries – can pursue justice and financial recovery via personal injury cases, as explained above.
Although these recoveries will vary according to the nature of the negligence and injuries associated with the case, in general, this compensation for victims can include (but may not be exclusive to) damages for:
Medical care – both past care received to treat the injuries and future care needed as part of the ongoing healing process
Lost income – both past and future lost wages
Property damages – if or when applicable
Mental suffering and loss of consortium
Attorneys’ fees – in some cases
Punitive damages – in some cases.
Contact an Experienced Denver Personal Injury Attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C.
If you have been injured by negligence, you can turn to a Denver personal injury attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. for experienced help advocating your rights and pursuing justice.
To find out more about how we can help you, call us at (303) 795-5900 or email our firm using the contact form on this page to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you will receive clear, honest legal advice about your case, your rights and your best options for moving forward.
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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.
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