Professionals must meet a certain threshold of care in their work to avoid causing injury to people under their care. Failure to exercise this care is negligence. You can sue if you sustain injuries or harm because of professional negligence. This harm can be physical or financial. Negligence cases are commonly seen against medical practitioners, but you can sue other professionals like lawyers or drivers. You need a negligence attorney to prove a negligence case. Where does this legal expert come in?
1. Gross Negligence
Gross negligence occurs when a person acts in total disregard of expected professionalism. For example, a speeding driver on-road sections marked with speed limits totally disregard traffic laws. If the driver caused an accident, the affected persons could sue for compensation.
In a gross negligence case, you can sue the person causing harm in a civil lawsuit. You can also lodge an insurance claim. Your negligence attorney will prove the case with evidence, including police reports, medical records, and witness statements.
2. Comparative Negligence
In this type of case, the plaintiff is partially responsible for the harm. For example, if you ran a red light and were hit by a speeding car, you would be partially responsible because you ignored the red light.
In such a case, your negligence attorney will try to show the other party was negligent even if you were partially at fault. The court will then determine your percentage of fault and award compensation accordingly.
3. Vicarious Negligence
You lodge this type of lawsuit against an entity responsible for the actions of the person who caused harm. It is usually lodged against organizations because of negligent behavior by their employees. For example, suppose a company car hit you. In that case, you can sue that company because of the negligent actions of its employee (the driver).
A negligence lawyer will prove that the company is directly responsible for the driver's actions by showing proof of employment and other evidence. This lawsuit can help you get larger compensation when the negligent person directly responsible does not have the financial capability to compensate you.
4. Contributory Negligence
Contributory negligence happens when you willfully contribute to your injuries. For example, when you ignore a 'slippery floor' sign and then sustain injuries from a slip and fall accident. You get no compensation if the other party proves contributory negligence.
A negligence attorney will try to fight this claim by the other party by showing you did not willfully cause harm to yourself. They will try to show comparative negligence to get you some compensation.
Do you suspect the carelessness of someone else caused your injuries? Talk to a negligence attorney about your case.