Negligence & Injury Claims
Establishing Your Lack of Liability for Your Accident
In any personal injury claim, negligence is a key talking point. To get compensation from the party that caused you harm, you have to increase their liability, which often requires you prove that they were negligent at the time of the accident. Our Moorestown injury lawyers of Stofle Zeigler can help you prove negligence, reduce your own liability, and confidently pursue maximized compensation.
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What Exactly is Negligence?
When speaking in terms of a personal injury claim, negligence is any action or behavior that breaches a person’s “duty of care” to others. The “duty of care” that every person has automatically is to act reasonable and responsible in any given situation. The definition is somewhat vague, but that can play to your advantage as a personal injury plaintiff.
Examples of someone breaching their duty of care:
- A driver who exceeds the speed limit is acting unreasonable and irresponsible. Speed limits are carefully calculated and posted for everyone’s protection.
- A doctor who goes outside of acceptable medical procedures to try to treat you but ends up causing more harm has acted irresponsibly.
- A product manufacturer that sells a product with no or unclear instructions is being unreasonable. Consumers have a right to be told how to use a product safely when there is a possibility it could become dangerous with misuse.
Lower Liability & Higher Compensation
In New Jersey and many other states, a “shared fault” law is followed when assigning liability and rewarding compensation in a personal injury claim. The basis of the law is that you will be given a lesser percentage of compensation equal to your own percentage of liability for your accident. In other words, the more responsible you are for your own accident and injuries, the fewer damages you can collect from the defendant. If you are found to be at least 51% liable for your own damages, then it is possible that the court will dismiss your claim entirely.
For example, you get into a car accident with a drunk, speeding driver, but it is known that you were talking on the cellphone at the time of the crash. The court rules that you are 20% liable for the accident. If your award would have been $100,000, then it would be reduced by 20%, down to $80,000.
Trust in Our Moorestown Negligence Claim Attorneys
When you come to Stolfe Zeigler for guidance and representation during your personal injury claim, you can count on us to do all we can to maximize your possible recovery. We work diligently to prove the other party’s negligence and reduce your own liability, hopefully down to 0%. Personal injury cases handled by our law firm are taken on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you do not owe us any attorney fees unless we secure a favorable settlement or verdict for you. You have nothing to lose when you go with our Moorestown law firm!
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