Who Is at Fault for My Personal Injury in Orange County?
If you have been injured in Orange County, California, you might be wondering who is at fault for your accident and what you should do to move forward. If so, you’re not alone. Every year, thousands of Americans find themselves recovering from injuries sustained as the direct result of someone else’s negligence.
Whether you experience an accident in a motorcycle crash or while visiting someone else’s house, negligence plays a vital role in whether you can seek compensation for your financial and non-economic losses. An Orange County personal injury attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can help you understand how fault applies in your case.
What Is Negligence?
Understanding exactly what makes someone negligent after an accident requires an understanding of what negligence is in the first place. The term is synonymous for “fault” in legal parlance and indicates that someone’s action or inaction was what led to an accident or injury.
For example, if you are struck in a crosswalk by a drunk driver, he or she will most likely be found to have been negligent and therefore responsible for your injuries. This is because the driver chose to drink and drive in the first place. Because intoxication can slow reaction times, your lawyer could make a case that the drunk driver failed to stop on time because of the alcohol impairment.
Who Can Be at Fault for a Personal Injury Accident?
Anyone who directly or indirectly contributes to an accident in some way may be considered at fault. This includes individuals, private companies, businesses, and government entities. When an organization is involved, it can be difficult to determine whether a member or the group as a whole is responsible.
For instance, if an accident occurs on the premises of a business and a staff member is responsible for the wet, unmarked floors that caused it, it is the business rather than the individual who is considered negligent.
Likewise, if you are eating at a restaurant and given food that you are allergic to even though you clearly identified your allergies beforehand, it would be the restaurant that is responsible. In the case of public transportation or medical facilities, fault may lie with the city, the state, an individual, or a private company.
When you have been injured in any kind of accident, you will likely have many questions regarding who is at fault, especially if your case is complex.
Orange County Personal Injury Lawyers with Experience
If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, we can help you determine who was responsible and what they owe you. Call to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney from Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP at 1-844-404-2400. Alternatively, you can also fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get started with your free, no-pressure consultation.