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Winning a Personal Injury Lawsuit—Part One

Personal Injury Claims
October 17, 2018
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Showing That the Defendant Breached the Duty of Care

When you have been hurt because of the wrongful actions of another person, you have a right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for all your losses, including personal injury and property damage. While you can always take legal action when the intentional acts of another person cause you harm, as a practical matter, most personal injury claims are based on a legal theory of negligence.

To successfully prove negligence in a court of law, you must convince the court that:

• The defendant(s) failed to meet the expected standard of care • That failure caused an accident • As a result of the accident, you suffered actual loss

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The Standard of Care in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

As a general rule, the laws governing personal injury are not statutes, but have evolved through what is known as the “common law,” found in opinions rendered by judges. Under the common law, all persons in society have a duty to act as a reasonable person would in any endeavor in which they are involved, whether driving a car, maintaining their property, manufacturing a product or providing a service. To succeed in a claim for compensation for personal injury based on negligence, you must first show that the defendant’s behavior failed to meet that standard, i.e., was not reasonable.

There is, however, no clear standard for what is considered reasonable. That determination is made by the judge or jury on a case-by-case basis. The courts are, however, required to give weight and consideration to prior rulings, so there is some consistency in the outcome of personal injury litigation.

Once you have successfully demonstrated that the defendant breached the duty to use reasonable care, you must establish a causal link between the breach and the accident that resulted in your losses. We will address causation in Part Two of this series.

Contact Our Office

At Lee Law Firm, we have extensive knowledge and experience successfully handling personal injury claims. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis—you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

Call us at 973-315-9080 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are available to meet with you evenings and weekends, if necessary. We welcome all major credit cards. ¡Nosotros hablamos español!

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