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‘Negligence’ in Personal Injury Claims

  • If you’ve been injured because of another person’s negligence, you likely need compensation for the pain you’ve suffered. Another person has left you in a painful position, and you shouldn’t have to suffer financially for it. Unfortunately, many people lose their personal injury cases because they don’t understand Alabama’s laws on negligence.

    Negligence can be a little complicated, especially as you’re trying to prove the other person’s negligence and prevent accusations that you were negligent in any way. Understanding negligence will help you protect your claim for compensation.  


    What Is Negligence?

    First, it’s important to understand that negligence basically means that the person responsible for the accident was reckless or careless or otherwise broke his or her “duty of care” to protect other people.

    The “duty of care” generally means that people are responsible for warning others of danger or doing what they can to prevent accidents and injuries. For example, a store owner might be found negligent if there was a puddle of water in his or her store, but no one put up a sign and you slipped and fell as a result.

    If you’ve suffered from an accident that could have been avoided if the other person had taken greater care, you may be owed compensation. Consider speaking to a lawyer about your case. An attorney can help you calculate what you’re owed for the at-fault party’s negligence.


    Protecting Your Claim

    But it won’t be the other party’s negligence alone that you’ll need to consider. You’ll also need to protect yourself from accusations that you were also negligent. In Alabama, being found even 1 percent responsible for your injuries is enough to get your personal injury case thrown out.


    Get Help with Your Claim

    Fighting back after an injury someone else caused can be tough, and many people might not be aware of the huge role negligence will play in a personal injury claim. Fortunately, those seeking compensation for their accidents can fight back against accusations that they were also negligent and put the focus on the person responsible for the accident.

    An attorney from the Henry Dailey Law Firm can help. We’ll begin with a free consultation to review what we can do for you. For more information, contact us at 205-995-2412 or visit our website.