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Understanding Comparative Negligence in a Slip and Fall Accident
Comparative negligence is used to describe the share of fault attributable to each party in a slip and fall accident case. To win a slip and fall lawsuit in Illinois, the injured party must prove that the property owner was negligent in providing safe property conditions and/or maintenance of the property, and that the owner’s negligence was primarily responsible for the accident. Because the amount recovered is reduced by the percentage of fault held by the victim, comparative negligence can significantly impact a plaintiff’s verdict.
Proving Comparative Negligence
In slip and fall cases, comparative negligence has to do with whether the plaintiff was negligent in connection with the accident. Comparative negligence compares the degree of fault between the plaintiff and the defendant. Although property owners have a duty to keep property safe from dangerous conditions that could cause injuries, that doesn’t always mean that the owner was negligent if injuries occur.
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Most Common Types of Car Accidents that Cause Whiplash
Rear-end collisions are known to be the most common type of car accidents that result in whiplash injury.
Whiplash is also known as a neck sprain caused from over extending the necks natural range of motion.
When you are in a rear-end collision the victims in the front car are hit pretty hard from behind causing then sudden impact to fling the person forward and backward resulting in whiplash injury.
But there are many other types of accidents that cause whiplash such as:
- Car or truck accidents
- Slips and falls
- Abuse such as shaken baby syndrome
- Skiing wipeouts
- Sport injuries
All of these result in soft tissue injuries such as whiplash that not only affect your neck but sometimes your back. The muscles and ligaments tighten causing discomfort and soreness.
How serious is whiplash?
Whiplash is often overlooked because the symptoms do not always present themselves right away. This is why it is important to seek medical care right after an accident.
Common symptoms of whiplash are:
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain with movement
- Loss of range of motion in your neck
- Tingling in your arms
- Soreness in your shoulders and upper back
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