The 4 Main Elements of a Negligence Lawsuit:
The Plaintiff must prove…
Ⅰ. The defendant had a legal duty of care.
An example of having a duty of care would be a school. Teachers and administrators have a duty of care to ensure children are looked after and kept safe from danger.
Ⅱ. The defendant breached that duty of care.
Continuing the example above, if the teacher takes their class to the park, and a child falls into a pond, she is guilty of negligent supervision.
Ⅲ. The breach of care directly caused the accident, which caused the Plaintiff injuries.
Since the child would likely have not fallen into the pond if they were being properly supervised, the teacher could be held liable for any injuries or wrongful death that resulted from the child falling into the pond while under her supervision.
Ⅳ. The Plaintiff’s injuries caused damages and losses.
The final element of every negligence case has to do with damages and losses. Victims can recover various types of damages depending on the details and circumstances of their case.
Types of damages include:
Compensatory – Compensates for actual costs incurred as a result of the accident/injuries, such as lost wages, hospital bills, and medical expenses. Compensatory damages can include both general and special damages.
General – Monetary compensation for injuries.
Nominal – Awarded when negligence is proven, but losses have not yet occurred.
Special – Compensates for material possessions lost or damaged in the accident.
Punitive – Awarded to victim for the purpose of punishing the defendant for their negligence.It is the judge in the end who decides what duty of care the defendant had with the plaintiff. It is the personal injury attorneys who fight on behalf of injured victims to ensure they receive the full and fair amount of compensation for their damages and losses. Choose an experienced Indianapolis personal injury lawyer if you or someone you love was recently injured as a result of another person or company’s negligence. They have the knowledge and resources to prove your case and win the settlement you deserve.
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