Negligence is a common basis for personal injury lawsuits, but the term is often thrown around out of context. For an action to be considered negligent, it must meet a list of set criteria. When negligence is proven, it may mean that the individual affected by the negligence of another person or entity is entitled to financial compensation.
In many cases, negligent actions lead to serious injury or even death. If you or someone you know suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, contact the Clearwater personal injury lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. at 727-441-9030.
Elements of Negligence
As previously stated, an action must meet four criteria in order to be considered legally negligent. These criteria are:
- Individual A owed individual B a duty of care
- Individual A failed to uphold this duty
- As a result of individual A’s failure, individual B suffered an injury
- The injury individual B suffered was a foreseeable consequence of individual A’s action
When all four criteria are met, an individual has proven that negligence occurred. When negligence is proven, the individual may be entitled to financial compensation from the individual or entity that committed the negligent action in question.
If an individual fails to prove that all four criteria were met, he or she may have a harder time winning financial compensation for his or her injuries since negligence technically did not occur.
Negligence is a serious offense that may lead to serious harm. If you or your loved was injured because someone committed a negligent action, the Clearwater personal injury lawyers of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.L.C. may be able to help you. Contact us at 727-441-9030 for more information about your legal rights and options.