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What is Contributory Negligence?

by Dixon Law Office

Some of the legal terms encountered in personal injury cases can be confusing, unusual or misunderstood. In today's post, we discuss negligence.

"Negligence" is defined as "failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the circumstances, or taking action which such a reasonable person would not."  In basic terms, that means that some does something that a "normal" person would not do.

Some examples help.  A reasonable person would not run a red light driving into an intersection.  A reasonable person would not drive 60 miles per hour past a busy high school when the speed limit is 20 mph.  A reasonable person would not text while driving.  A reasonable person would not leave the floor wet after mopping it because it is slippery when wet.  Almost any type action done wrong can be negligence.

Negligence can also be the failure to do something.  For example, a reasonable person would get their brakes fixed when they know the pads are worn out and they know they can't stop the car well.  A reasonable person would fix the torn carpet at the store because they know someone might trip on it.  A reasonable doctor would prescribe medications for an infection in an elderly patient with a pressure ulcer.

If you believe someone has been negligent and caused injuries to you or death of a loved one, you need a lawyer to represent you and your family.  At Dixon Law Office, our attorneys are rated as the best in the business.  We have represented hundreds-and-hundreds of families in negligence cases.  Our work has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Negligence should not happen.  If it has (or you think it might have), call Dixon Law Office at 888-354-9880 or click here for a free case review.  Dixon Law Office can meet with you and help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.  Call or click today.

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