Every day, many people in San Diego and across the United States suffer injuries that require them to see a doctor and may result in large medical bills.
Of course, just because you get hurt doesn’t mean that you automatically have a claim against another person. Sometimes, an injury may just be the result of bad luck or even your own mistake. But, if you get hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to take legal action.
After an accident, you will need to be able to show that someone else was at fault to recover any compensation. To show someone else was negligent, you have to meet four elements: duty, breach, causation and damages. For instance, in the car accident example, you would need to show:
• The driver had a duty to operate the car with reasonable care.
• The driver failed to uphold (or “breached) that duty by doing something unsafe.
• That unsafe behavior caused the accident.
• The accident resulted in injuries or property damage.
There are many ways drivers may fail to operate their vehicle with reasonable care. For instance, if someone drives after consuming alcohol or is looking at a cellphone while behind the wheel, he or she likely wasn’t operating the car with reasonable care.
Have you been injured because of someone else’s negligence? Talk to us about your case and let a legal professional work for you.