If you have been harmed in an accident in Addison which was caused by the careless or reckless actions of another person, you may wish to seek money from that person for your damages through the court system. In most cases, your accident case would be a negligence case – most personal injury cases involve proving the defendant was negligent.

In order to prove negligence in a personal injury case, you must prove four elements before you can recover any compensation. First, you must prove the wrongdoer had a duty to act or not act in a particular manner – for example, drivers in Addison have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe manner. The second element is a breach of duty. The plaintiff has to show that the defendant breached their duty, or in other words, acted inappropriately. For example, if a driver drove drunk, he or she breached his duty.

The next element a plaintiff must prove is causation. The plaintiff has to prove that the defendant’s actions were the actual cause of the injuries. Finally, the plaintiff has to show harm, such as injuries or damage to his or her vehicle.

If you can prove those four elements in any personal injury case, you should be successful. However, the defendant also must have money with which to pay for your damages, which is also in the form of an insurance policy, depending on what type of harm you suffered.

If you have been harmed in a personal injury accident in Addison, call the Addison negligent attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.