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Negligence and Other Injuries

Negligence is the most commonly used legal principle in personal injury lawsuits. Essentially, the concept of negligence rests on the idea that the defendant owed some sort of a duty to the injured party and that duty was somehow breached. The duty is usually breached through an action or inaction of the defendant. The breach of the injury must have been the proximate cause of the injury.

There also exists an element of foreseeability in negligence. For there to be a valid negligence claim, the injury must have been foreseeable in the actions (or inaction) of the defendant and the injured party must have been within a "zone of danger". The concept of foreseeability is sometimes different among the states but the general premise is the same.


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Although you may have done your research when selecting a day care facility, there is always the possibility that your child may be injured at day care. If that happens, should you call a lawyer?

In a potential lawsuit against a day care, there could be many possible defendants, including the person who caused the injury to your child, the staff members who were responsible for supervising your child, and the owners of the day care facility, among others.

But not all injuries make for successful injury lawsuits. If your child is injured, when should you call a personal injury lawyer? Here are a few things to consider:

Sometimes when you are injured and your property is damaged, you may not know the identity of the culprit. But just because the person responsible is unknown doesn't mean you can't sue.

The American legal system is actually set up to handle lawsuits where many (or all) of the defendants' identities are a mystery. It may make your case less likely to be a success, but not knowing a name or address isn't a fatal blow to a civil lawsuit.

So how can you still sue if you don't know who injured you?

Two-piece swimsuits at a waterpark, sure. But how about two injury lawsuits?

Kentucky Kingdom's Hurricane Bay is now the subject of two lawsuits alleging that staff allowed patrons to use the wrong inner tube for a particular slide. Louisville's WDRB-TV reports that two patrons, Brandon McClellan and Felicia Evans, have filed suit against Kentucky Kingdom for injuries incurred after falling out of the slide.

Is Kentucky Kingdom liable for these waterpark victims?

In a personal injury case, a successful plaintiff is compensated financially according to the amount of his damages by what are called compensatory or actual damages.

But these damages may not be the only type of damages available to a plaintiff in an injury lawsuit. In some cases, a plaintiff may also receive punitive damages -- known in some jurisdictions as exemplary damages -- in addition to an award of compensatory damages.

What are punitive damages and when are they available?

Two toddlers were hospitalized with severe injuries after a bounce house they crawled into was thrown into the air by wind.

The injured children entered the bounce house at New Hampshire's Sullivan Farm, "a popular spot for apple and pumpkin picking," reports The Boston Globe. The New Hampshire Bureau of Tramway and Amusement Ride Safety commented that because the bounce house was "not open to the public at the time," the case is out of their hands.

Who, if anyone, could be held liable for the toddlers' injuries?

CrossFit Injuries: Can You Sue?

CrossFit is growing increasingly popular, with gyms catering to fans of the high-intensity workouts opening across the country.

But along with CrossFit's fitness benefits may also come the risk of injury. A 2012 Ohio State study on CrossFit workouts that found although tests subject showed a marked improvement in fitness, several of the subjects were unable to continue with the study due to "overuse or injury," reports Bloomberg Businessweek. That study is now the subject of multiple lawsuits by both the owner of the gym whose members took part in the study as well as CrossFit Inc., the company who owns the CrossFit brand.

But regardless of whether CrossFit is more dangerous than other workouts, the question remains: If you're injured while doing CrossFit, can you sue?

Injury victims often complain that lawyers aren't willing to take their cases. And while some attorneys may simply be too busy to take up your personal injury claim, there are a few things you can do to make yourself a more attractive client.

No, not more physically attractive (although dressing professionally couldn't hurt). Rather, there are ways in which you can make your case more appealing to your prospective attorney.

Here are three good ways to make a lawyer more inclined to take your injury case:

Although many consider biking to be a safer mode of transport than driving, bike accidents can and do result in serious injuries and sometimes even deaths.

Like injuries sustained in automobile accidents, damages from injuries suffered in a bike accident may be recovered through a personal injury lawsuit.

But how do you know when your bike accident is lawsuit-worthy? Here are five signs:

When it comes to personal injury lawsuits involving negligence, fault is often shared by both the person who was injured and the person who is being sued.

The law accounts for this shared fault scenario in different ways, depending on the rules of the state in which the accident occurs. Known as contributory negligence, a person's own level of fault in causing his injuries may lessen the amount of recovery possible in a personal injury lawsuit, or bar recovery entirely in some jurisdictions.

How do contributory negligence and its more modern counterpart, comparative negligence, work? Here's a general overview:

When you meet with a personal injury attorney for a consultation, you don't want to show up empty-handed.

You want to give your potential lawyer all the information you can so she can make an accurate evaluation of your injury case. That won't exactly work if you leave crucial documents at home or at the hospital.

So make sure you bring these seven types of documents to your personal injury consultation: