Who Is Responsible for Injuries Caused by Negligence?
For any individual, sustaining a serious injury is one of the most daunting and traumatizing things they can experience. They’re sudden, impact the individual for a long time, and can require long-term medical care.
When negligence results in a serious injury, there are a number of things that need to be considered when determining who can be held responsible. Here are some of the parties who may be liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
A Negligent Driver
Some of the most common injuries caused by negligence are a result of car accidents. In these situations, it is most often the negligence of another driver that causes the significant injuries. If the driver is tired, distracted, drunk, or in any other way reckless, they may be considered responsible for the accident.
There may be other factors, however, such as another passenger causing the distraction or a bar that serves a visibly intoxicated person more alcohol before allowing them to drive.
In both premises and product liability cases, it is most often the company who is considered responsible for injuries caused.
In product liability matters, the manufacturer may be liable if they had a dangerous product design, there was a problem in the manufacturing, or they failed to warn of a danger. In premises liability cases, a company may be responsible if a problem on the grounds caused the injury and the premises owner knew of the hazard but did nothing to fix it.
A Doctor or Nurse
Medical professionals are there to diagnose and treat individuals who have been injured or develop a serious medical condition. Unfortunately, there are a number of mistakes that can be made, from system errors to misdiagnosis, to surgical issues.
In these cases, there are multiple parties in the medical facility—as well as the facility itself—who may be held liable for damages.
In any matter, hiring a skilled Kansas City personal injury attorney to help you determine who is negligent and who should be liable for compensation is important.
At Peterson & Associates, P.C., we have the experience and tenacity necessary to seek the outcomes our clients need and deserve. You can count on us to be by your side from start to finish.
Call our firm today at (816) 298-8708 for a free consultation.