Although it sometimes may seem that an accident is just that, an accident; sometimes there’s more to the story. Accidents happen every day. But some accidents could have been avoided. What if your accident didn’t have to happen if only someone would have taken proper action?
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, but perhaps they were at work, at school, or on someone’s property, they may have a negligence claim. Depending on how and where the injury happened, there may have been a breach of duty of care. A duty of care exists between certain relationships; like your employer, your doctor, between a landlord and a tenant, a manufacturer and a consumer, and more.
Duty of Care
Duty of care refers to the legal responsibilities every person and business has to keep its visitors safe. If perhaps you were hired at work to handle dangerous equipment, but you weren’t properly trained on how to handle such equipment and became injured, that would be a breach of duty of care from your employer.
Sometimes negligence accidents aren’t as black and white. Perhaps there was an issue with safety training or a faulty machine. Or, if a teacher left a room of young students attended on their own, and one of them was seriously injured -- that teacher and school breached their duty of care to the children. It may require investigative work to uncover a breach of duty of care. Speaking with a lawyer can help you understand if you have a case after an accidental injury.
Sometimes people may choose not to sue or file a claim after an injury because they feel it’s too much work or too expensive. But in addition to receiving compensation for your medical bills, you may also be able to receive compensation for your mental anguish; or pain and suffering. In addition to compensation, filing a negligence claim can help prevent anyone else from suffering due to another accident. An accident that could have been prevented from happening in the first place.