Negligence is an important legal term that is often used in personal injury cases. But what does it mean? At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we can help you understand how negligence and other legal concepts apply to your case.
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, our attorneys offer clear advice about personal injury cases. We are experienced trial attorneys who have handled a broad spectrum of injury cases successfully. Using our knowledge and skill, we help our clients develop effective legal strategies to achieve the best possible results in personal injury cases.
A man drank too much at a party and started a fight. In the chaos that erupted, a woman was pushed down. She shattered her arm. Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., represented her and held the negligent man accountable for the injury.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care — either by doing something or by failing to do something. There are many ways that negligence causes personal injuries. Drivers fail to use proper care when operating motor vehicles. Store owners fail to use proper care when they don’t protect their customers from known harms. Dog owners fail to use proper care when they don’t control their pets.
Lawyers handling personal injury cases involving negligence must prove certain things to the court:
- The defendant owed a duty to the injured person
- The defendant violated that duty, either by doing something or by failing to do it
- As a result, the plaintiff suffered a personal injury
- The personal injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions
How To Prove Negligence
Proving negligence can be challenging. In order to be successful, attorneys must collect evidence and present it to the court in a clear manner. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we put extensive work into personal injury cases involving negligence. We conduct thorough investigations, often visiting the scenes of the accidents, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing police reports and medical records.
We also partner with experts — such as accident reconstructionists, engineers and medical experts — who can help us explain exactly how the accident happened and how your personal injury affects your life.
Because we take a thorough approach, defendants and their insurance companies know that we are serious about going to trial. They are more likely to offer us favorable settlements before reaching the courtroom. If you do need to go to trial, we are well-prepared to present your case effectively and to obtain a favorable jury verdict.
Was Your Injury Caused By Negligence? Call Us Today.
If you have been harmed by another’s negligence, talking to an attorney is the best way to learn your options. To schedule your free initial consultation with us, contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., and speak with one of our representatives.