When people get injured because of negligence, they can sue for compensation. That’s true in every state of the union. Negligence is viewed as unacceptable in every court system around the country. What’s different is the nuances and definitions. For example, in California, plaintiffs are allowed to collect proportional damages from defendants who contributed, in part, to their injuries.
Negligence involves the concept of duty. In some relationships, one party has a duty to another. In personal injury law, this comes up a lot. Think, for example, of a simple slip or trip case. If workers at a retail establishment are leaving extension cords around and someone trips, now the store is now liable for the employees’ neglect. Cases such as these can cost retail establishments thousands of dollars in compensation for injuries suffered by store visitors. That should be a great incentive for store management to review its processes and ensure a safe environment.
Comparative negligence is an interesting nuance of California state law. It means that people can sue parties who contributed to the injury they received. So even if a defendant isn’t 100 percent responsible for the personal injury, they can still be named by the plaintiff. It’s possible to receive damages reflecting the portion of harm caused by the negligence. California’s negligence laws are spelled out in Section 1714 of the state’s civil code.
When someone’s been injured due to the negligence of another party, an experienced advocate can be a huge help. Most laypeople aren’t well-versed in the law, and they lack knowledge about these various nuances. Successful personal injury lawsuits in California really do depend on knowledgeable lawyers.