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Shared Blame: Comparative and Contributory Fault for a Personal Injury

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

If you've sustained injuries in an accident, the first critical component of your claim for injury compensation is establishing liability – and that means proving that the other party involved in your accident was at fault. Sometimes issues of fault are simple and clear-cut, and the real challenges in the case lie in securing a fair sum in compensation for the plaintiff's injuries. However, one of the more common tactics used by insurance company lawyers is to argue that the injured person bringing the claim bears some of the fault for the accident. In some cases, this argument may even be true; it isn't only perfect drivers who are injured in auto accidents, for instance. Understanding how the legal concept of shared fault can affect your case and the value of the damages you may receive is important when pursuing any injury claim.

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Topics: Injuries, injury compensation, comparative fault, contributory fault

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