According to the rules of ordinary usage of the English language, accidents, strictly speaking, are no one’s fault in that no one intentionally causes them. In a court of law, however, it is necessary to assign a degree of fault for an accident, known as liability, to a person or entity in order to determine whose responsibility it is to compensate the person injured in the accident. In personal injury cases, liability is based on the concept of negligence, which means that the defendant did not do what is reasonable to prevent the accident from happening. The liable party in an accident might not always be who or what you think it is.
Examples of Liability in Personal Injury Cases
In some cases, determining liability is straightforward. For example, if someone assaults you, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against that person to seek damages to pay for the medical expenses related to your injuries. A court might hold the person liable and award damages to you, even if he or she was found not guilty of charges of assault in criminal court. In some cases, though, it might be more complicated. Consider the following examples.
Contact O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss About Injury Cases
Our personal injury attorneys have experience representing plaintiffs injured in many kinds of accidents in North Dakota and Minnesota. If you have been injured and are thinking of filing a lawsuit to recover damages, the best personal injury attorney, such as Tim O’Keeffe, Tatum O’Brien, or Sara Monson can help you determine the party against which you have the strongest case. We can help figure out who is liable for the costs of your injuries and then help you recover damages. Contact O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss in Fargo, North Dakota or call 701-235-8000 or 877-235-8002 for a consultation.