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Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”
Imagine you are driving down the highway, taking care to obey all traffic laws. Suddenly, you see another car, driving in the wrong lane, headed straight for your vehicle. You react instinctually and swerve to the left, attempting to avoid a head-on collision with the errant car. In the process, you accidentally and instantaneously collide with another vehicle.
Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matthew R. Arnold of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Are the laws or rules applying to a wrongful death claim different from a personal injury not involving death?”
This may sound like a simple question, but did the person you want to sue cause your injuries? If so, were your injuries a reasonably foreseeable result of the person’s actions?
If not, you may be out of luck in your personal injury case.
The issue of causation can lead personal injury litigants and their lawyers into a labyrinthine maze of legal concepts fit for a law school-level philosophy course. While the issues and doctrines that accompany causation and so-called “foreseeability” may be complex, the practical day-to-day application of these principles mean the difference in who wins and who loses in personal injury lawsuits.
In many cases, causation and foreseeability are not issues of contention. An analysis of a recent Australian case shows how the issues can arise, however, even in cases involving relatively straightforward facts.
A driver’s negligence caused a motor-vehicle accident. A person injured his neck in the accident. Several witnesses testified regarding the driver’s negligence and a police officer concluded the driver was at fault. The issue of whether the driver caused the person’s whiplash injury was uncontested.