What Constitutes "Negligence" in a Virginia Personal Injury Claim?

Negligence is defined as the carelessness of another to act within the recognized standards of behavior established by law. In layman's terms, negligence is when someone else fails to act responsibly and causes you harm from their actions. In Virginia, you must prove the negligence of another was completely responsible for an accident when you file a Virginia personal injury claim.

The state of Virginia is a contributory negligence state, meaning you must show that you in no way contributed to your injuries and accident in order to file a Virginia personal injury claim. Negligence can take many forms but the bottom line is that the negligence of the other party must be the sole cause of the accident and your injuries.

A Virginia personal injury claim can arise from many types of accidents that involve negligence. The most common is a car accident, where the negligence of the other driver causes you harm. This can result from a driver's failure to obey traffic laws by running a red light or by driving under the influence. 

A Virginia personal injury claim can also result from acts of negligence such as safety violations. Stores that do not properly keep their floors clean from hazards, or construction sites that fail to follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for worksite safety can all result in accidents and injury that require a Virginia personal injury claim.

Contacting a Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney

Before you waste your time chasing an inadequate Virginia personal injury claim, let Fairfax personal injury attorney Ben Glass review your case. At Ben Glass Law we fight to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their personal injury claims. 

You can download a FREE copy of our consumer guide, The Five Deadly Sins That Can Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn more about personal injury claims.

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Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney