What is Negligence? Gainesville Accident Attorney Explains
Negligence occurs when a victim is injured because of another’s negligent action, misconduct, or failure to act. Sometimes, negligence is defined as the doing of something that a reasonably prudent person would not do under similar circumstances.
A relative term:
Negligence is a relative term that depends on the facts and circumstances in each specific case. An acceptable act or omission in one case may be considered negligent in another. Different defendants may be held to different standards of care, based on level of knowledge and risk involved.
Generally, negligence is a dominant cause of action that is the basis for:
- personal injury;
- wrongful death;
- slip and fall;
- dog bite; or
- other accident suits.
The elements explained:
There are four essential elements that a Plaintiff must prove in a negligence case:
- Breach of Duty;
- Causation; and
Specifically, a claimant must first demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty, or obligation, requiring the defendant to conform to a certain standard of conduct, for the protection of others against unreasonable risks. Second, the claimant must establish that the defendant failed to conform to that duty. Third, there must be a reasonably close causal connection between the misconduct and the resulting injury to the claimant. Lastly, the claimant must demonstrate some actual harm or injury. (Williams v. Davis, 974 So. 2d 1052 (Fla. 2007))
Negligent misconduct, alone, without the other elements, is not enough to bring a cause of action. Proof of all four elements is necessary to recover damages.
Public policy behind negligence aims to allow members of society to live in peace and safety. People who act in a manner likely to injure another should be held accountable for the reasonably foreseeable consequences of their negligent conduct, if they actually damage another.
Keep in mind that in Florida, fault for negligence may be apportioned to more than one defendant or may even be shared by the plaintiff. Comparative negligence may even reduce a plaintiff’s recovery.
Please consult an experienced accident attorney when seeking representation in a negligence action. The facts and circumstances of each case are individual and distinct. A skilled, experienced attorney is essential in obtaining a fair award to compensate for a victim’s injuries. Feel free to contact me, Jeffrey Meldon, online or by phone at 800 373 8000 for a free consultation.
For more information:
- Comparative negligence explained and how it affects car accident victims
- Common driving distractions and Florida’s comparative negligence
- Do I have a wrongful death claim? Gainesville and Ocala accident attorney helps answer
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