What is Gross Negligence?
Although personal injury cases are all unique and different in their own way, every case has one constant – proving another person’s negligence. In order to have any chance of recovering financial compensation to pay for losses and injuries, a plaintiff must prove the defendant acted negligently and failed to live up to the standard of care a normal person owes others. However, in some cases, a defendant’s actions may have been more serious than simple negligence. In these cases, a defendant could be held liable for gross negligence.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and believe the defendant acted with gross negligence, you need to discuss your case and legal options with a skilled legal professional. At Spiros Law, P.C., our team of legal professionals is dedicated to helping our clients recover financial compensation. To learn more about your options, contact a Kankakee personal injury lawyer today at (815) 929-9292 and schedule a free consultation.
Understanding Gross Negligence
Many people believe gross negligence means the individual acted with malicious intent to cause harm. This is not actually the case. Gross negligence simply means the defendant knew his or her actions could potentially be dangerous and cause harm, but decided to act anyway. They were not intending or planning to harm someone else.
For example, if a pool owner installs a swimming pool, but does not put up a fence around the pool, and a toddler wanders into the yard and drowns in the pool, the home owner could be liable for gross negligence because they knew this presented a dangerous situation.
To learn more about whether you can pursue a gross negligence case, contact a Kankakee personal injury attorney of Spiros Law, P.C., today at (815) 929-9292. Let us handle every part of your case while you focus on your recovery.