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Gross negligence may be a factor in your personal injury

Part of being a responsible member of the Pennsylvania population is behaving appropriately to prevent harm. This means exercising reasonable care in all situations. For example, choosing not to drive when a person has consumed too much alcohol is appropriate behavior. Ignoring intoxication and driving anyway is an example of inappropriate and negligent behavior.

Ordinary negligence can put innocent victims in danger of suffering a personal injury. As you might imagine, gross negligence also puts people at risk of an injury. In most situations, gross negligence means intentionally engaging in reckless or careless behavior. Below you will find several examples of gross negligence that could lead to a personal injury.

  • Motorists driving at extremely high speeds
  • Surgeons operating on the wrong body part
  • Dog owners letting a dangerous dog attack another person

In a personal injury claim involving gross negligence, you will benefit from an attorney's guidance. By working together, you have a good chance of proving that the other party's conduct was so reckless that any reasonable person would know it was dangerous. Here is a practical scenario for you to consider.

Say that you are sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck talking with the vehicle's owner. Abruptly, the owner gets in the truck and takes off at a high rate of speed. You manage to hold on and shout for the driver to stop. Instead, he or she continues to drive excessively fast and erratically. Eventually, you lose your grip, fall from the truck and suffer a serious spinal cord injury.

In this scenario and many others, you have a good chance of winning a personal injury claim. This is because the vehicle owner was intentionally reckless and likely knew that an injury was possible.

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