What is negligence?

Negligence can be defined as conduct that falls short of what a reasonable person might do to prevent harm to another individual. Specifically in a jury trial in Virginia for personal injury, the jury is instructed that "Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care. Ordinary care is the care a reasonable person would have used under similar circumstances."  The term negligence is most often used in reference to personal injury cases.  If an injured person can prove that another person did indeed fail to exercise an appropriate level of care, it is possible for the injured person, along with the help of a personal injury lawyer, to collect damages to compensate for medical bills, lost wages, and other physical and emotional consequences suffered as a result of the injury.

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