Prior to the 1960s, Tort law used a system known as "contributory negligence" in order to determine when a party was at fault for an accident. This method of determination solely considered who was responsible for the accident. If the victim was in any way responsible for his or her accident, then any other responsible parties were not liable for damages, even if they were more-so responsible than the victim.
If you have been injured in an accident and you believe another party was to blame, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact an Appleton personal injury lawyer from the law offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to discuss your grounds for a claim. Call 800-242-2874 today to schedule a free case evaluation.
The system of contributory negligence provided an unintended and unjust protection for negligent behavior. In many cases, workers who were in part responsible for their own injuries were denied compensation, even though their employers were more at fault.
Because contributive negligence provided protection for egregiously negligent behavior, the courts reformed the policy to comparative negligence. This new policy holds each party accountable for an accident to the extent that they were responsible. For example, a car accident victim who was responsible for 5% of an accident may still receive compensation from the other driver, who was 85% responsible.
If you have been injured in an accident because of another party’s negligence, contact the Appleton personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.