Taking Legal Action against Negligence
Negligence is a seemingly straightforward concept – but it can become quite complex when considered from a legal perspective. By law, all of us are expected to behave in a reasonable manner when conducting day-to-day activities. Failing to do so is considered negligent. When negligence leads to someone else’s injury, the responsible person could be held accountable through legal action.
If you believe that someone else’s negligence has resulted in your injury, we encourage you to see whether you are eligible for compensation. Ashcraft & Gerel can help you determine if you have a valid claim. Our general negligence attorneys in Washington, D.C. have extensive experience pursuing legal action against individuals and businesses whose negligence harms others.
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Understanding the Nuances of Negligence
You are probably familiar with common types of negligence that lead to legal action. Drunk driving is a prime example of negligence. The driver breached his or her duty to drive on public roads safely and harmed others in the process. It is clear that the driver acted negligently and should be held liable for resulting injuries.
However, other cases are not as clear. There are seemingly infinite ways an accident could be interpreted and give rise to a cause of action for negligence.
For example, if a building collapses, should the construction company who made it be held accountable for resulting injuries? Or is the supplier who provided defective construction materials to blame? Alternatively, perhaps the owner of the building is negligent for failing to properly maintain it.
As another example, a patient who suffers harmful side effects after taking a prescription drug may want to pursue legal action. Should they be holding the manufacturer accountable for failing to properly test the drug? Should the doctor be to blame for a flawed prescription? Or is the pharmacist negligent for giving the wrong dose?
As you can see, these situations are complex and nuanced – but they all represent cases that our firm has resolved favorably. Our personal injury attorneys in Washington, D.C. are skilled at investigating negligence claims and uncovering evidence to pinpoint liability and hold the negligent party accountable. If you are suffering an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, we want to help you move forward with the compensation you are owed.