Personal Injury & Negligence

Personal Injury Lawsuits: Negligence Cases

 At SOS Injury Lawyers, we understand that suffering from an injury due to someone else’s negligence can be a difficult and life-altering experience. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to helping victims navigate the complexities of personal injury law and ensuring that they receive the compensation they deserve, and the best possible medical treatment we can find. Our firm has years or experience handling personal injury lawsuits in negligence cases, including car accidents, slip & falls, and negligent security cases. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help. For us our work is truly about making you whole again. Your injury isn’t just about a lawsuit, we are deeply connected with the medical community and work hand in hand with them to get you the care you need from the best doctors in your community. 

 Sometimes, it is hard to know what exactly happened to cause your injuries. You may feel your slip and fall was your fault because you weren’t paying attention, you might not remember how that semi truck hit your vehicle, you might think that the robbery you experienced at a hotel parking lot has nothing to do with the hotel owner. There are a thousand different reasons people tell themselves that stop them from calling a lawyer. Don’t fall into this trap; insurance companies rely on you doing exactly that. If you have any reason to believe your injuries may have been caused by someone else’s negligence, call us now for a free case evaluation.

Negligence is a legal concept that forms the basis of many personal injury lawsuits. It occurs when a person fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would have exercised under similar circumstances, ultimately causing harm to another individual. To successfully establish negligence in a personal injury case, the plaintiff must prove the following four elements:

    1. Duty of Care: The defendant owed the plaintiff a legal duty to exercise reasonable care in the specific situation. This duty may arise from a variety of relationships, such as a property owner’s duty to maintain safe premises for visitors or a driver’s duty to follow traffic laws and drive safely.
    2. Breach of Duty: The defendant breached this duty of care by failing to act as a reasonably prudent person would have under the same circumstances. This can involve acts of omission (failing to do something) or commission (actively doing something that causes harm).
    3. Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty was the direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. In other words, the plaintiff must prove that their injuries would not have occurred if the defendant had acted with reasonable care.
    4. Damages: The plaintiff suffered actual harm or loss as a result of the defendant’s negligence. This can include physical injuries, emotional distress, lost wages, and property damage.

An Example of Negligence in Action

Let’s consider a slip and fall accident at a grocery store as an example to illustrate how the elements of negligence work:

  • Duty of Care: The grocery store, as the property owner, has a legal duty to maintain a safe environment for its customers.
  • Breach of Duty: A store employee mops the floor and fails to place warning signs indicating the wet surface. This failure to provide adequate warning is a breach of the store’s duty of care, as a reasonably prudent person would have placed signs to alert customers of the hazard.
  • Causation: A customer, unaware of the wet floor, slips and falls, sustaining injuries. The customer’s injuries are directly and proximately caused by the store’s breach of duty, as they would not have occurred if warning signs had been placed.
  • Damages: The customer suffers a broken wrist and incurs medical expenses, lost wages due to time off work, and pain and suffering as a result of the fall. These damages are compensable in a negligence lawsuit.

In this example, all four elements of negligence are present, and the injured customer would have a strong case against the grocery store for their injuries. Our experienced attorneys at SOS Injury Lawyers can help you navigate the complexities of negligence law and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

While this is only one specific example, it is important to remember that there are an endless variety of negligence lawsuits that can be filed. Whether you have been injured by a crazed taxi driver, slipped on a wet marble floor, or were attacked by a drunken casino patron, no matter the situation SOS Injury Lawyers has probably seen it before and is ready to help.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of modern life. When you are involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. In most cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for covering your damages. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

It is important to remember that insurance companies are often focused on minimizing their payouts. Therefore, it is crucial to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side who can advocate for your rights and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. At SOS Injury Lawyers, we have extensive experience in handling car accident claims and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

 

Slip & Falls

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of settings, including commercial properties, public spaces, and private residences. When property owners or managers fail to maintain safe premises and adequately address hazards, they can be held liable for injuries sustained by visitors. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet or slippery floors, poorly maintained sidewalks, and inadequate lighting.

To establish negligence in a slip and fall case, the injured party must prove that the property owner or manager knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to take appropriate action. Our experienced attorneys at SOS Injury Lawyers can help you gather evidence, build a strong case, and pursue compensation for your injuries.

 

Negligent Security Cases

Property owners and managers also have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for their visitors by implementing adequate security measures. Negligent security cases arise when a person is injured due to a property owner’s failure to provide sufficient security, such as functioning surveillance cameras, proper lighting, and trained security personnel.

Examples of negligent security cases include assaults in parking lots, robberies in poorly lit areas, and attacks in buildings with broken locks or security systems. At SOS Injury Lawyers, our knowledgeable attorneys can help you establish liability and seek compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.