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In personal injury law, negligence pertains to a person's failure to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm to others. It encompasses a range of actions or omissions that fall below the standard of care expected of a reasonably prudent person in similar circumstances. When determining liability, understanding negligence is crucial.


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What Elements Contribute to Establishing Negligence?

Negligence operates on the principle that every individual has a duty to act in a manner that avoids causing harm to others. When this duty is breached, and that breach leads to injuries or damages, the negligent party may be held legally responsible.

Several elements contribute to establishing negligence, including

Duty of Care

The defendant (negligent party) must owe a duty of care to the plaintiff (injured party). This means they have an obligation to act reasonably to prevent harm.

Breach of Duty

The defendant’s actions or inaction must breach their duty of care, failing to meet the expected standard.


The defendant’s breach of duty must be the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. There should be a clear link between the negligence and the harm suffered.


It must be foreseeable that the defendant’s actions could result in harm to another person.

What Are Examples of Individuals Acting Negligently?

Examples of negligence are diverse and can encompass a variety of scenarios.
An example of negligence can include a driver who runs a red light and causes a car accident due to distracted driving.

Another example of negligence can involve a medical professional failing to provide the standard of care expected in their field. This can lead to a medical malpractice claim.

Should I Contact An Attorney to Hold a Negligent Party Accountable?

If you suffered severe injuries in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and are seeking compensation, a personal injury lawyer at Friedland & Associates can be your advocate.

Personal injury lawyers possess extensive knowledge of negligence laws and personal injury claims, helping you understand your rights and options.

At Friedland & Associates, our attorneys can help by:

  • Our personal injury attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case to establish negligence.
  • Your lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies and the negligent party to secure fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages.
  • If necessary, your personal injury lawyer will provide skilled legal representation in court, fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Us Today!

If you’ve suffered serious injuries due to negligence and need legal guidance, the personal injury lawyers at Friedland & Associates offer free consultations to discuss your case.

Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses. Contact us today to learn more.

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