Types of Liability in Connecticut Personal Injury Cases

When an accident happens, it is important to know who is at fault. Sometimes, accidents can be at the fault of the individual themselves. Other times, they may happen as a result of another individual’s failure to provide the lawful standard of care to others. When someone becomes injured due to negligence, it is known as a personal injury accident. In situations such as these, the injured party may want to hold the negligent party responsible. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit. During this time, it is important to have an experienced attorney to guide you through this process.

Premises Liability

Premises liability cases can be pursued in the event that a person becomes injured on another person’s hazardous property. Property owners have an obligation to provide the public with safe premises so that others do not become injured as a result of poor conditions. This requires property owners to make repairs, warn people about unsafe conditions, ensure the property is safe, and provide any necessary security. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for injuries that occur as a result of their neglect. Situations that fall under premises liability law can include slip and fall accidents, dangerous conditions, defective security, inadequate maintenance, school negligence, and more.

To prove another party is responsible for an injury, the injured party is required to prove two things: the other party had an obligation to take care of the property they were injured on and that their injuries were a direct result of their failure to do so.

Product Liability

Product liability cases happen when a person becomes injured as a result of a defective product. Defective products can be made if a mistake is made during production or a manufacturer cuts corners during the production process. When this happens and a defective product is sold, they can become faulty and injure its user. There are three main categories of defects seen in product liability cases:

  • Design defect: When a designer does not account for a user’s safety when creating the product
  • Manufacturer defect: When a manufacturer strays from the usual production process, causing the product to injure someone
  • Failure to warn: When a company does not provide a warning label for a product that can hurt someone if it used improperly

Statute of Limitations

When a person is injured due to negligence, it is important they do not wait long to file a claim to pursue a lawsuit. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place for personal injury accidents. This requires the victim of a personal injury accident to file a claim within a certain amount of time or they may lose their right to do so. In the state of Connecticut, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is two years.

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