Negligence Law In Washington

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When Seattle personal injury lawyers work on a case, investigating negligence, identifying whether parties are sources of compensation and gathering proof that negligence occurred is vital for obtaining a favorable outcome.

So the question arises, what is negligence and how does negligence law work in Washington? Negligence refers to the failure to exercise a duty of care that results in injury. In many different situations, people owe others a duty of care. For example, a restaurant that serves people unreasonably hot coffee and consequently injures customers may be subject to a negligence lawsuit. This example is an actual case that a plaintiff brought against McDonald’s. When the courts evaluate negligence, they assign all parties named in the case a percentage of fault. The legal term “comparative negligence” is the action of comparing different parties’ fault. However, various states even regard comparative negligence differently. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 4.22.005 determines how Washington courts must determine negligence. Any action by the plaintiff that contributed to the injury diminishes the plaintiff's recovery by his or her percentage of fault. However, this does not bar recovery.

Therefore, to bring a case, a Seattle, WA personal injury attorney must prove the other party’s negligence, establish that the negligence directly harmed the client and show that the damages were related to the party’s negligence.

If you believe you were the victim of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the Law Offices of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates can discuss your personal injury in a free consultation. We can evaluate the prospects of recovering damages.

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When Seattle personal injury lawyers work on a case, investigating negligence, identifying whether parties are sources of compensation and gathering proof that negligence occurred is vital for obtaining a favorable outcome.

So the question arises, what is negligence and how does negligence law work in Washington? Negligence refers to the failure to exercise a duty of care that results in injury. In many different situations, people owe others a duty of care. For example, a restaurant that serves people unreasonably hot coffee and consequently injures customers may be subject to a negligence lawsuit. This example is an actual case that a plaintiff brought against McDonald’s. When the courts evaluate negligence, they assign all parties named in the case a percentage of fault. The legal term “comparative negligence” is the action of comparing different parties’ fault. However, various states even regard comparative negligence differently. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 4.22.005 determines how Washington courts must determine negligence. Any action by the plaintiff that contributed to the injury diminishes the plaintiff's recovery by his or her percentage of fault. However, this does not bar recovery.

Therefore, to bring a case, a Seattle, WA personal injury attorney must prove the other party’s negligence, establish that the negligence directly harmed the client and show that the damages were related to the party’s negligence.

Posted in Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Tagged Accident lawsuits, Negligence Laws

 

Topics:  Duty of Care, Negligence

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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