Duty of care is an important element in any personal injury case. It is a legal duty to take reasonable care to prevent harm to others. If you are seeking compensation through a personal injury claim, you must prove that the other party owed you a duty of care.
Our Maryland personal injury attorneys further explain duty of care and how it applies to many different scenarios. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, request a free legal consultation.
People have an inherent duty to act in a reasonable manner to avoid causing harm to others at any given time. If someone fails to uphold this duty, he or she may be held responsible for any harm that others suffer because of this failure. This is a cornerstone of personal injury law.
This duty of care applies to everyone in most situations. Furthermore, the law outlines specific duties of care that those in certain professions owe others, such as medical professionals or bus drivers. These duties of care are higher than what is expected of the average individual.
When someone fails to uphold the duty of care owed another person, this violation is called a breach of duty of care. Examples of breached duty of care include the following:
For a personal injury case to be successful, four elements must be proven:
A breach of duty of care is referred to as negligence. Negligence occurs when a party fails to act in a reasonable manner to prevent harm to others. In a personal injury case, you and your attorney must establish exactly how the at-fault party violated or breached that standard of care.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the damages you suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl, we have been helping clients injured or wronged obtain millions in compensation.
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