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5 Examples in Determining Fault in a Personal Injury Case

If you believe someone else is at fault for an accident or mistake, or if you have determined you are at fault, there are some points to know.

This guide gives the essentials on determining who might be at fault. It also gives tips on how to handle situations where you are at fault or where you have case for a lawsuit.

Role of An Accident
You can prove fault in a variety of ways. In personal injury cases where someone is hurt, the injured person obviously has a claim. For example, you hit someone by running a stop sign. They did not look to see if you were coming, but because your duty was to stop, you are at fault. This is an example of how complex the event can be. If you do stop, then drive, and you still hit the person, because he or she made a mistake, you might both have some fault.

If the Injured was Careless
Using the previous example with both being responsible, fault may swing both ways in an accident where driver and pedestrian both made mistakes. Therefore, the injured would have less damages to claim in court or in a settlement with you. If you make the mistake and it is completely your fault, you pay the bill. If both sides have roles in the accident, the bill is much less.

Employer Fault
While car accidents are just one form of personal injury law, let's consider another similar example. A company truck runs a red light, hits you, and you get whiplash. In this example, the company is often also legally responsible for the mistake. Therefore, you may get more money. It does not matter if the employer made the mistake or not; if an employee they hired and allowed to drive made a mistake, the result is liability.

Property Accident
If you rent an apartment and something bad occurs such as you slip and fall on a piece of loose floor, you might also have a personal injury case. Remember these are just the general uses of accident and personal injury law. If the apartment or building is not kept safe, the owner can be held responsible, no matter if he or she was aware of the problem or not.

Defective Product Claim
Some common problem are food contamination and medication mistakes. If the manufacturer of a food sells something spoiled, a market sells it, both the manufacturer and seller are at fault. If you take a medicine which is not supposed to have the side effects it has, you can sue the company who made the drug and the company who directly sold it to you (the pharmacy).

There is a lot of room for variation in these examples. But it gives you a general idea on the most common cases where someone is at fault for a mistake. Just because someone is at fault does not mean you will always get results. And in some situations you may not want to sue. Because this process can be lengthy, ensure you know the laws. The best person to explain this process is a professional personal injury lawyer. He or she will likely only be paid if you win; if you have a winnable case, most personal injury lawyers will tell you by offering to take it.