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Negligence Doctrines in the United States

In the United States, different states use various legal systems to determine who is allowed to bring a personal injury lawsuit against another person. These doctrines are used to determine what rights an injured individual has in relation to how much they were to blame for the accident. If someone else is fully or even just partially at fault for an accident, the injured individual may have the right to bring forth a lawsuit.

If your accident is the result of another person’s careless or reckless behavior, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the party at fault to help with your pain and suffering. Contact Jacksonville personal injury attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088 today for more information regarding your legal options after an injury.

Types of Negligence Doctrines

A state sets its own legal doctrines, meaning the grounds for a personal injury lawsuit can differ between each jurisdiction. Some of the different legal philosophies regarding negligence and personal injury accidents include the following:

  • Contributory negligence – any amount of blame discounts a person from suing another party for their injury
  • Pure comparative negligence – a person can sue for however much damage they did not cause
  • Modified comparative negligence, 50 percent – a person cannot sue if they are at least half-way to blame for the incident
  • Modified comparative negligence, 51 percent – a person cannot sue if they are more to blame than the other party

In the state of Florida, the courts use a pure comparative negligence doctrine. This means that a person can sue for whatever amount of an accident they were not responsible for.

Contact Us

If you have suffered because of the negligent actions of another individual or group, there may be legal action against that party available. For more information regarding your rights and options, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., by calling 904-296-1088 today.

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