Every year Irvine sits near or at the very top of the list of the safest, cleanest, most productive, and all around best cities in America. Actually, it was always planned that way. Irvine is a master planned community, developed by the Irvine Company in the early 1970.
Yet, even master planned communities such as Irvine suffer from unplanned elements, such as Personal Injury Accidents. If you have been involved in a personal injury accident, an Irvine Personal Injury Lawyer can help you figure out the logistics of moving your case forward, and can tell you whether or not you have one.
Personal Injury incidents, occurring in Irvine or anywhere else, require determining legal responsibility for the accident or injury. Often called "liability", the process can be complicated, but often rests on whether someone was careless or "negligent." It's easy enough to say that the person or business that caused an accident must pay for your injuries. But before you get to that point, you must determine who was legally at fault. This is where the assistance of an Irvine personal injury lawyer can come in.
Determining Legal Liability in Irvine personal injury accidents
Most accidents happen because someone was careless. Was that person you or someone else? The basic rule is: If one person involved in an accident was less careful than another, the less careful one must pay for at least a portion of the damages suffered by the more careful one.
Legal liability for almost all Irvine personal injury accidents are determined by this rule of carelessness, and by one or more of the following simple propositions:
- If the injured person was where he or she was not supposed to be, or somewhere he or she should have expected the kind of activity which caused the accident, the person who caused the accident might not be liable because that person had no "duty" to be careful toward the injured person.
- If the injured person was also careless, his or her compensation may be reduced by the extent such carelessness was also responsible for the accident. This is known as comparative negligence.
- If a negligent person causes an accident while working for someone else, the employer may also be legally responsible for the accident.
- If an accident is caused on property that is dangerous because it is poorly built or maintained, the owner of the property is liable for being careless in maintaining the property, regardless of whether he or she actually created the dangerous condition.
- If an accident is caused by a defective product, the manufacturer and seller of the product are both liable even if the injured person doesn't know which one was careless in creating or allowing the defect, or exactly how the defect happened
- When More Than One Person Is at Fault
Sound confusing? Handling such issues yourself could result in losing all your claims, or worse, being victimized by other parties blaming you.
The California personal injury lawyers of BISNAR | CHASE in Newport Beach, have represented over 6,000 clients with a 97.8% success rate since 1978. Our legal staff is available and ready to assist you with your case. We provide free, no obligation consultations to you. Contact the Irvine personal injury lawyers of BISNAR|CHASE today for assistance and information.