WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE?

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Oct 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

When a person is injured, has an car accident, or slips and falls in CT one of the first questions to be answered is who is at fault. Lawyers will typically have to determine who was the "negligent" or at fault party. This person is also referred to as the tortfeasor. So to determine fault we will first have to answer several questions for the client which could include:

WHAT IS "NEGLIGENCE"?

The critical issue in many personal injury cases is just how a "reasonable person" would be expected to act in the situation that caused the injury.  A person is negligent when he or she fails to act like a "reasonable person."  Whether a given person has met the "reasonable person" standard is often a matter that is decided by a jury after the presentation of evidence and argument at trial.

WHAT IF I CAN'T PROVE THAT SOMEONE'S NEGLIGENCE CAUSED MY INJURY?  IS THERE ANY OTHER BASIS FOR LIABILITY BESIDES NEGLIGENCE?

Negligence is not the only grounds for liability.  Certain individuals or companies may be held "strictly liable" for certain activities that harm others, even if they have not acted negligently or with wrongful intent.  On the grounds of strict liability, a person injured by a defective or unexpectedly dangerous product, or by a dog bite, for instance, may recover compensation for the injury without showing that the responsible party was actually negligent.

These are just a few of the many questions and issues that must be investigated and determined in an accident or injury case in CT. We have written books available for download, which we will provide to you for FREE that will answer a great number of your questions. Call us today at 888-244-5480.

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.

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