New Jersey Negligence Law Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident, you have probably heard the word “negligence” more than a few times. In a legal context, negligence has a specific meaning. Furthermore, showing that someone acted negligently requires proving several things. To get the justice and compensation you deserve, it’s important to work with a personal injury lawyer who focuses on negligence cases.
At Rosner Law Offices, P.C., personal injury is what we do. Our experienced team of personal injury litigators has recovered millions for individuals and families throughout New Jersey. If you are struggling to pay medical bills, cover lost wages, and pay for property damage after an auto accident or any other kind of accident, we can help.
The Duty to Act with Reasonable Care
Most people grew up hearing some version of the Golden Rule, which says we should all treat others the way we would like to be treated. This is much more than a good citizenship lesson for children — it’s the fundamental foundation for any civilized society. When people act kindly and responsibly toward others, communities flourish. When individuals act carelessly, or without regard for others’ well-being and safety, people get hurt.
Negligence is a legal principle built around this simple, but powerful concept. The law imposes a duty on everyone to act with reasonable care toward others. When people deviate from this duty of care, they may be held liable for any injuries that result from their breach of duty.
Torts – A Civil Wrong
When an individual acts negligently, resulting in harm to another person, they commit a civil wrong, which is called a tort. Unlike a criminal act, a tort does not necessarily result in criminal punishment, although there are situations in which a person can face legal consequences for the same wrongful act in both civil and criminal court.
A common example of this is murder. When a person takes another’s life, he or she can be prosecuted for murder in the criminal system, and may also face a civil lawsuit for wrongful death in the civil system. If the person is found liable for the death, the court can order the person to pay compensation to the victim’s family members. It’s also possible for someone to be acquitted of a crime, such as murder, but be found liable for a wrongful death in a civil lawsuit. Perhaps the most infamous example of this is the O.J. Simpson case, in which Simpson was found not guilty of murder in criminal court, but was found liable for the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in civil court. These disparate results are possible because the burden of proof in criminal cases is much higher than that in the civil justice system: “beyond a reasonable doubt” versus “a preponderance of the evidence.”
In most tort cases, however, there is not a criminal component or counterpart. Instead, the individual who committed the tort must pay for the damages caused by his or her negligence, assuming the wrongdoer is found liable for negligence. Depending on the details of the case, damages can include the injured party’s medical bills, lost wages, property damage, future medical expenses, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship, and other damages.
Call a New Jersey Negligence Law Attorney to Discuss Your Case
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to compensation. The Vineland, New Jersey negligence and personal injury lawyers at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. are available to speak to you today about your case. Call now to schedule your free case evaluation. Call (856) 692-6500.