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Understanding the “Duty of Care” in an Arizona Personal Injury Claim

When you bring a personal injury claim to the attention of an Arizona civil court, you must elaborate on the ways in which you believe a liable party violated the duty of care owed to you. This duty of care describes one person or company’s responsibility to everyone they may interact with.

You need to understand how duty of care can impact your right to compensation before you bring your claim forward. Fortunately, you can discuss the role duty of care plays in your case when you schedule a consultation with a personal injury attorney.

“Duty of Care” Applies to All Personal Injury Claims

The term “duty of care” is not confined to a specific subset of personal injury cases. Instead, you can find duty of care referenced in a wide variety of these cases, from car accidents to dog bites. If the party allegedly liable for your losses does not owe you a duty of care when your accident occurs, you may not have the means to demand compensation for your accident.

“Duty of care” specifically refers to the responsibility an acting party has to the people around them. The acting party is expected to take reasonable steps to protect its audience from harm. A party that fails to prevent their peers from coming to harm can subsequently be found liable for negligence.

Duty of Care Helps You Establish Liability

Duty of care and the question of liability in a personal injury accident go hand in hand. Specifically, you can determine who around you owed you a duty of care at the time of your accident. In turn, you can use this filter to determine which of the applicable parties may owe you damages for your accident.

For example, say you get into a car accident with another motorist who ran a red light. Say, too, that the accident compounds to the point where it involves not only your car but four other cars. All of the motorists involved in the accident, including you, owed one another a duty of care. Only the first motorist, however, violated that duty of care by running a red light.

A driver does not have to violate roadway law to fall short of their duty of care. If you’re not sure how to go about proving duty of care, however, you can work with a personal injury attorney to assess the scene of your accident.

Evidence Can Prove Duty of Care in an Arizona Claim

The most straightforward way to indicate that another party owed you a duty of care at the time of your accident is to use the evidence available at the scene. Video footage and bystander testimony can both help you detail how another party ignored your right to safety.

Our team at Feller & Wendt investigates your accident to determine what data might best help you prove a violated duty of care in your initial complaint. We can then elaborate on the relevance of a piece of evidence during a personal injury civil trial. Alternatively, we can present evidence relevant to your losses during settlement negotiations.

You Can Discuss Duty of Care’s Role in Your Personal Injury Case Today

Duty of care makes up an essential part of the personal injury cases Arizona civil courts see. If you want to argue for your right to compensation after a personal injury accident, you must use a claim to elaborate on the consequences another person’s violated duty of care had on your life.

At Feller & Wendt, our team is ready to help you bring your personal injury case forward in civil court. You can schedule a consultation with our representatives by calling our office at (480) 702-2277 . We are also available to compare schedules via our contact form.

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