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Act of negligence

Negligence is a legal theory which is usually used to attain compensation for injuries. Also known as a civil wrong, the concept of negligence can be used in common as well as criminal law. An act of negligence differs from a reckless act in that an individual may be attempting to exercise as much care as they can, however, they may still not reach the level of care expected. A negligent act can more-easily be defined as an act done by a person, falling below the level of care a reasonable person would have taken to protect the other individual from harm.

Negligence will take place in situations where there is a duty owed by one person to another. This duty of care may arise in relationships between employers and employees or manufacturers and consumers to name two. For a successful negligence claim it is important for the claimant to prove that there was a duty owed to them by the defendant, that there was a breach of that duty and that there was some damage caused to the claimant due to this breach of duty.

Often whether there has actually been a breach of duty will be the major point of argument between the defendant’s and claimant’s lawyers. This should be resolved by looking at the facts but within a frame of set legal rules. Children may also be held liable for an act of negligence which will be judged by the reasonable standard of care expected of a child of the defendant’s age.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on negligence then Caven can put you in touch with a local negligence solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local negligence solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 167 or complete the web-form above.

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