In an accident, most people wonder if anyone is to blame. These incidences
take place every day, and many individuals are harmed in the process.
In a personal injury case, it’s relevant to ask if anyone is at
fault, because this has a lot to do with helping an accident victim pay
their medical bills.
Contributory negligence and comparative negligence both provide a way to
allocate fault between parties involved in an accident. For example, if
a person contributed in some way to his or her own injuries, this would
affect the amount owed to him or her after a civil suit is filed.
Negligence is an extremely important term in personal injury cases. It
characterizes conduct that creates an unreasonable risk of harm to others.
Contributory negligence is used to describe behaviors that create an unreasonable
risk to yourself. All people have a duty to act as reasonable people.
When they fail to do so, and an injury occurs, that person might be held
totally responsible for the resulting injury.
If the defendant’s attorney can prove the plaintiff contributed to
the negligence involved in an accident, the plaintiff may lose any compensation
for his or her injuries. Because this approach is somewhat harsh, many
states have adopted a comparative negligence approach in one of two ways.
Pure comparative negligence means the plaintiff’s damages are totaled
and then reduced to reflect his or her contribution to the injury. Modified
comparative negligence means the plaintiff recovers nothing if he or she
is found to be equally responsible or more responsible for the injury
than the defendant.
If you were harmed by the negligence of another person, talk to one of
Otsego County personal injury lawyers about your case as soon as possible. We can look at the details of your
case and offer experienced advice regarding your best legal course of
action. Let us see what we can do for you.
at (607) 229-1885 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation
with us today.