Common Examples of Negligence
Negligence can take many different forms. Some of the most common examples of negligence that lead to critical and even deadly injuries include:
-Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking and cause a car accident
-Drivers who text while operating their vehicle
-Truck drivers who drive too many hours in a row
-Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians
-Taxi drivers who speed or break other laws in order to earn more fares
-Doctors who fail to accurately read diagnostic tests and provide the correct treatment
-Nurses who administer the wrong amount of medication to a patient
-Surgeons who leave surgical instruments in the body cavities of their patients
Nursing home employees who fail to adequately care for their patients, including helping them to bathe and eat appropriately
There are many individuals who owe a duty of care to another. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road and doctors owe a duty of care to their patients. Commercial property owners — such as grocery or retail store owners — owe a duty of care to their customers. When failure to adhere to the duty of care they owe results in someone getting hurt, their actions may be considered negligent.
Obtaining Compensation for Negligence
In order to obtain compensation for injury caused by negligence, you must be able to prove that you were owed a duty of care by another, that person failed to adhere to the duty of care they owed, that your injuries were directly caused by that person’s negligence, and that you incurred measurable damages as a result of the negligence. A negligence lawyer is a vital part of gathering the evidence needed to prove each facet of a negligence case.