Negligence is a primary cause of personal injuries throughout the United States. A personal injury is a physical or psychological injury that a person sustains because of another's conduct, whether intentional or unintentional. The injured party can hold the responsible party legally accountable even if the injury was unintentionally caused, as long as negligence was involved. Generally defined, negligence is an act or failure to act that constitutes a failure to provide a reasonable or proper level of care in the circumstances. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we have decades of combined experience successfully handling all types of negligence cases, including car accidents, slip and falls, boating accidents, and more.What Is Negligence?
In the personal injury context, negligence is a term used to describe a party’s breach of a legal duty that they owed to another person. A failure to provide proper care under the circumstances, whether through action or inaction, could be considered negligence. If negligence leads to injury, the injured party might be able to seek financial compensation by holding the negligent party accountable for their conduct. The best way to get a better understanding of what may constitute negligence is to look at a few potential examples:Texting While Driving:
A driver is writing a text message while driving on a city street in Concord, NC. He takes his eyes off the road to compose the message and therefore does not notice that the traffic light at the intersection ahead has turned red. He runs through the red light, striking a pedestrian who was legally crossing the street.Grocery Store Slip and Fall:
The manager of a local grocery store is informed by an employee that the doormat at the entrance to the store has a large tear in it and that a customer nearly tripped and fell. The manager is busy and makes a note, but the tear goes unfixed for several days. An unsuspecting customer visits the store and trips on the tear in the doormat. She falls and breaks her wrist.An Improperly Trained Lifeguard:
A lifeguard at a swimming pool is on duty when a child falls in the pool. The lifeguard is able to get to the child, but the child requires CPR. The lifeguard should know how to perform CPR but is not properly trained and is unable to save the child, and the child tragically drowns.
Proving negligence and, therefore, the legal responsibility of the other party is a crucial part of a personal injury claim. This is one way that an experienced personal injury attorney can make a significant difference in your claims; the attorney can investigate your case to present evidence that proves that the other party acted negligently and should be held accountable for the harm that was done to you. Because every case is different and can present various difficulties, it is highly recommended that you consult with a legal professional as soon as possible.Have You Been Injured in a Preventable Accident Caused by Another’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one recently suffered injuries in any type of accident, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we have a long history of providing accident victims and their families with comprehensive, compassionate and custom-tailored representation. Our lawyers can meet with you to learn more about the accident and your injuries and help you understand what your options are. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord negligence lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.