Accidents happen all the time, from slip-and-falls in grocery stores to injuries incurred on construction sites. Some occur in your own home, while others take place at work. You can prepare yourself for them as best you can, but frequently, they are no one’s fault. However, other incidents take place which might have been avoided if due diligence had been followed, and in those situations, you might be dealing with a case of negligence. Here are four ways you can tell the difference.
If the Other Party Quickly Tries to Settle
Let’s say that you were in a car accident where the other party was clearly at fault. You sustained a neck injury, and after the insurance information was exchanged, you went to see a doctor. It was established that you could not go back to work for at least the next several weeks. When you get in contact with the other driver, he says that he will cut you a check for $500 if you sign a document saying you will pursue no further legal action against him.
If something like this happens, and you feel confident that because the other driver was not paying attention and did something that flagrantly violated one or more traffic laws, then you should contact a personal injury attorney because you’ve more than likely got a case of negligence on your hands.
If There Were No Signs to Warn You of Danger
If you enter a store and you immediately slip and fall, injuring yourself, you’re probably going to have a negligence claim if there was no prominent signage of any kind warning you of danger. It is incumbent upon stores and other public places to inform people who enter those premises of any possible threat.
Another common personal injury case that’s sometimes brought is against medical professionals. If a doctor tried their best to take care of you during surgery, for instance, and something went awry, then you must be able to prove that they failed to meet the standards of skill and care under which a similar professional would be required to act. If the doctor was distracted because he was trying to listen to a football game that was on the radio in the next room, and if multiple witnesses would testify to this, then you’d likely have a case for negligence.
Defective products are another way that you might sustain a severe injury. In that case, the manufacturer, as well as the distributor and seller, have a legal obligation to sell you products that are free of danger or defect. If you were sold a package of hamburger that had been left out of the cooler for several hours, and then you got sick from eating it, that would be negligence. Any time that you can prove that such an incident took place, you’re going to have grounds for a case.
Personal injury cases should never be entered into frivolously, but any time where it is evident that the other party was in the wrong, you would be wise to pursue one. As a citizen and a consumer, you have your rights, and you should never be subjected to danger due to carelessness.