Holland is a city in Michigan with a population of about 33,000 residents. As the name suggests, Holland was founded by Dutch-Americans and is home to a large percentage of people with a Dutch-American heritage. The city offers attractions such as the Holland State Park, the Outdoor Discovery Center, and the Holland Museum. In fact, Holland’s downtown is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Even in these pleasant surroundings, accidents can happen to unsuspecting victims. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence, the skilled Holland injury lawyers at the Neumann Law Group can assert your rights. Our firm handles all types of personal injury claims, including cases related to car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, nursing home negligence, workplace accidents, and defective products.Holding a Negligent Defendant Accountable for Damages
People injured by the carelessness or wrongdoing of others can often take legal action against the at-fault party through a negligence claim. Negligence is a broad legal concept that refers to exercising a certain standard of care when doing something. Negligence takes place when a person or entity fails to exercise the appropriate level of care in a specific situation and causes harm to someone else.
In order to succeed on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to exercise a certain level of care;
- The defendant violated the duty by failing to exercise the appropriate care;
- The defendant’s breach of duty was the direct cause of the accident; and
- The plaintiff sustained actual damages.
Each of these elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence.
In some cases, more than one party may be liable for a victim’s harm. In Michigan, any personal injury defendant is severally liable for damages proportionate to its percentage of fault. Several liability is when a party is responsible for its own obligation, separately from another’s liability, so that an injured victim can bring a separate action against that party without having to sue other liable parties. There are exceptions, however, such as in medical malpractice cases, in which joint and several liability remains the rule. Joint and several liability is a legal term allowing each party that is liable to be sued for the entire amount of damages caused by all of the responsible parties. These may include compensation for both economic and non-economic costs and losses, ranging from lost wages, medical bills, and property damage to the victim’s subjective pain and suffering.Discuss Your Injury Claim with a Holland Lawyer
The experienced Holland injury attorneys at the Neumann Law Group have represented many victims in their accident claims. We can meticulously analyze the facts of your case and vigorously pursue the compensation that you deserve. While we aim to settle every case efficiently, we have the ability to fight for you in the courtroom. Our firm also can assist people who need a criminal defense attorney, in addition to providing knowledgeable legal guidance in areas such as real estate, estate planning, family law, collections, and mediation. To set up a free consultation, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-525-6386.