Understanding Negligence

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Negligence is a key factor in personal injury cases. It occurs whenever a party-whether a person, company, employer, or manufacturer-fails to uphold the standard of care needed to avoid foreseeable harm to another person or their property. Negligence doesn't have to be intentional, so a person may be found negligent even if they had no intent to cause another person harm or damage. Unfortunately, even the smallest amount of negligence could result in a serious accident and injuries.

Pennsylvania has laws in place to protect victims of negligence. Under these laws, an injury victim has the right to pursue compensation for compensatory, punitive, and nominal damages. These may include medical expenses, property damage, time away from work, emotional pain and suffering, and acts of gross negligence.

What Could be Considered Negligence?

People suffer serious injuries every day. Some of these injuries are caused by car accidents, dangerous products, lack of property maintenance, and various other issues. When another person's negligence led to these injuries, they may be held liable for the damages they caused.

Negligence could be considered any of the following:

  • Allowing a defective product to pass through inspection
  • Failing to properly test a consumer product, drug, or medical device
  • Being distracted while driving and causing an accident
  • Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated or drugged
  • Allowing dangerous conditions to exist on your property
  • Failing to provide proper workplace training and safety
  • Violating the standard of care reasonably expected by a patient