Generally speaking, negligence can be thought of as the legal term for carelessness. When somebody carelessly injures another person, they've usually been negligent. Everybody has a legal duty to act with reasonable care, so when somebody acts without reasonable care and ends up injuring somebody else, then the injury victim has a legal right to sue for personal injury.
Not every injury merits a lawsuit, but those injuries that were caused by negligence give the injury victim an opportunity to exercise the legal right to win a recovery for that unfair injury. For example, an elderly woman may slip and fall on her icy front steps and end up with spinal injuries. While this seems like an innocent accident, if that woman's lawyer convincingly establishes that this was a case of negligence, she could very well win a settlement to cover her medical bills and her pain and suffering.
As a matter of fact, this is the exact story of one Staten Island resident who won a $4 million settlement after a successful personal injury negligence case. When property owners fail to remove injury hazards from their property, for example, they have not acted with reasonable care for the safety of their tenants. In other words, these property owners have been careless or legally negligent.
Personal injury negligence is a difficult concept to generalize and an even more difficult thing to prove in court. If you think you or your loved one was injured because of somebody else's negligence, speak with our highly experienced personal injury attorneys. The Kyle Law Firm is dedicated to protecting your rights and winning you the justice and compensation you may be owed - contact us anytime for a free consultation.