Edmonton Personal Injury Lawyer
The team at Injury Lawyer of Edmonton handles a wide variety of personal injury claims. In addition to auto accident and slip and fall claims, we handle product liability claims, dog bite claims, and nursing home abuse claims, just to name a few.
You have a personal injury claim any time someone who owes you a duty of care acts in a negligent way that causes you to take an injury or a loss.
What does duty of care mean?
Duty of care means that you have an obligation or a responsibility to either do something proactive or avoid doing something reckless. Different people can have a different duty of care to each other at different times.
For example, two drivers who get on the road always have a duty of care to each other, and to every other driver, cyclist, or pedestrian who might share the road with them.
A property owner has a duty of care towards their residents, visitors, customers, vendors, or employees. In general they should keep their property safe and free from hazards, or should post warnings that hazards exist.
A company that puts out a product has a duty of care to the consumer. The consumer should be able to trust that the product has been made well and safely, so that when it’s used correctly it doesn’t injure the customer or damage their property.
There are many ways that people can get hurt or take a loss, and many ways that parties can fail in their duty of care. Thus there are some personal injury cases that don’t fall into any neatly defined category.
What is the definition of negligence?
Negligence is a failure to meet the obligations of the duty of care. If a driver plows through a red light in violation of traffic laws, or gets behind the wheel after a few beers, then that driver is being negligent.
The same is true of a property owner who fails to shovel the walks in winter, or who fails to repair a loose railing.
What does it take to have a personal injury case?
Three things must be true.
- The person you’re making the claim against must have a duty of care towards you.
- The defendant has to have fallen short of that duty, i.e., the defendant had to be negligent.
- That negligence had to be the direct cause of some injury or harm, or financial loss, or both.
It’s sometimes hard to determine if you have a good personal injury case without talking to a lawyer. Many factors can complicate these cases, including any ways in which you yourself might have been a negligent party, or any steps you did or didn’t take to mitigate your own damages.
Talking to the lawyer is the only way to know if you have a case worth pursuing.
Taking The Next Steps
You shouldn’t have to make guesses. Call (780) 474-7777 to schedule a free consultation today. You’ll be matched with an experienced injury lawyer who understands how to manage your unique type of case. We’re here to answer all of your questions and concerns, and stand ready to help you get justice.