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What does it take to prove negligence in a personal injury suit?

Negligence is defined as failure to exercise the care toward others, which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the given circumstances. In other words, when people act in a careless manner and their actions cause someone else to be injured, the careless person could be held legally liable, or responsible, for any harm that occurs.

According to Findlaw, in order for you to prove that someone has been negligent and caused you to be injured you must prove four separate things. You must show that the person in question did in fact act in a negligent manner. Those four things are:

Nursing homes residents do have legal rights

Many elderly people live in nursing homes in the Providence area, as well as in many other parts of the state of Rhode Island. Nursing homes are designed to be a safe place for individuals who can no longer care for themselves and whose family members can’t provide the needed care either. Unfortunately, sometimes patients in nursing homes suffer abuse or neglect. However, even though many of these victims cannot defend themselves, they do have legal rights.

According to, every nursing facility, no matter which type of care facility it falls under, has to provide a reasonable standard of care. In order to do this, federal guidelines require that every facility develop and put into practice written policies and procedures that prohibit any kind of neglect, abuse or any other form of mistreatment. Additionally, every resident of a given facility has the right to be notified of his or her rights and services as a patient in a given facility.

Appropriate steps when filing a personal injury claim

What just happened? That’s a common question after any car accident occurs. However, the fact is, things usually happen so fast that it’s hard for those involved, or even eyewitnesses, to recount exactly what happened that led to the accident. What’s more, many times people in the Providence area are injured in car accidents, and they are unable to recall anything. Sometimes, those who have suffered injuries decide to file a personal injury claim.

According to Findlaw, these are some of the steps people should take if they have been hurt in a car accident and want to file a personal injury claim.

Dozens of patrons head to hospital after mass illness at concert

When people visit a public event, like a concert for example, they probably don’t give too much thought about being injured or hurt in any way. However, accidents and injuries can happen at any moment and in any location. When a person in the Providence area is hurt because of someone else’s negligent or careless behavior then that person might be eligible to receive compensation for his or her injuries and suffering.

According to reports, a large number of people were recently taken to several hospitals during a concert, which featured musician Keith Urban. Officials did not say exactly how many people were affected but reportedly personnel from at least six towns responded to the incident, which was reported as a mass illness. In addition, ambulances from five cities responded to help emergency workers who were already working at the concert.

Man in critical condition after being struck by a car

Car accidents always have the potential to be serious and sometimes even fatal. When they involve pedestrians they can be even worse and many times they are. When someone who has acted carelessly or recklessly seriously hurts a pedestrian in the Providence area then the injured person might be eligible to receive compensation.

A serious pedestrian accident is still under investigation after a vehicle apparently struck a 50-year-old man while he was attempting to cross a highway in Plymouth. According to reports the man is in critical condition. Officers who responded to the incident found the man lying in the road. The 27-year-old man who was driving the vehicle is reportedly cooperating with investigators.

Tracey Morgan sues Wal-Mart over truck-limousine crash

When someone in the Providence area is injured in a car accident he or she can be forced to deal with life-altering changes. Sometimes these changes mean the person can no longer work and make a living. Other times people are permanently injured and they lose the capacity to function physically or mentally. When that happens they might be eligible for compensation.

Actor comedian Tracey Morgan is suing Wal-Mart for negligence after he was seriously injured in an accident involving one of the company’s truck drivers earlier this year. Mr. Morgan is suing Wal-Mart for damages and is hoping to receive a jury trial. According to the lawsuit, the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel because he had been awake for more than 24 hours.

Telltale signs someone is suffering abuse at a nursing home

Do you have a loved in who is receiving care in a nursing home in the Providence area? If so, then you probably worry about that person a lot. Even though nursing homes are intended to give the best care possible to their patients people can still have anxiety about leaving a loved in someone else’s care, especially if the fear of abuse or neglect exists.

When people are considering a nursing home they only have so much information to help them in their selection. They can go to the facility to meet the staff and see the rooms and other features, but they can’t really know for sure how good the care facility is until they see how their loved one is being treated. What’s worse is that some elderly patients are not physically able to report any abuse or neglect, which means any mistreatment could go unreported.

Four people hurt after roller coaster car derails

Just about everybody loves a good visit to an amusement park. There are all kinds of fun things to do and exciting attractions on which people can ride. Most people never think about the inherit dangers of amusement parks because they are probably just too busy having fun. However, sometimes, bad things happen at amusement parks and people can be seriously injured. Sometimes these accidents occur because of negligence by the facility owners.

Four people were hurt as 22 people were left stranded on a roller coaster in California recently after it derailed. The accident occurred when a tree fell onto the roller coaster’s tracks during the ride. The front car of the coaster became dislodged and everyone on the ride was stuck in the air for several hours waiting to be helped down. It reportedly took almost three hours for rescuers to free the riders.

Two-car crash leaves five people hurting in Rhode Island

Motor vehicle accidents always have the potential to have serious consequences. Although no one ever intends to get in an accident, they still happen every day in the Providence area. If someone causes an accident due to negligent or reckless behavior then that person could be held liable for the injuries sustained by the victims.

Five people are recovering from serious injuries after being involved a violent head-on collision in West Warwick, recently. According to authorities, the victims were taken to the hospital with serious, but not critical injuries. Officials are still gathering information as they investigate the crash and try to determine what happened and who was to blame.

Alcohol suspected in crash that killed four people

When a person decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after he or she has been drinking that person is putting the lives of everyone else on the road in danger. Unfortunately, many times people who are driving drunk end up getting into car accidents, which often involve injuries and sometimes death. Anyone who has been hurt by a drunk driver in the Providence area may be entitled to compensation.

Four people were killed and another person was hurt after a serious accident involving a man who was allegedly driving under the influence. The crash involved a Honda Civic and Dodge van. According to reports, there were five people in the Honda, four of whom died at the scene. The fifth person was taken to the hospital.