New York Negligence Laws
Negligence often comes down to a failure to act prudently when you owe another person a duty to do so. Take, for instance, a customer who falls and breaks their arm at the corner store. If the spilll did was not promptly cleaned up the customer may have a negligence claim against the shopkeeper.
Negligence statutes are usually fairly similiar from state to state. The degree to which negligence is shared (when both parties are partially at fault) does vary, however. The chart below lays out the basics of New York negligence laws. See Negligence: Background for more general information.
|Code Section||Civ. Prac. L. & R. §§1411, et seq.|
|Comparative Negligence||Contributory negligence does not bar recovery but damages are diminished in proportion to the attributable conduct.|
|Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery||-|
|Contribution Among Tortfeasors||Yes; Civ. Prac. L. & R. §§1401 et seq.|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Research the Law:
- New York Code
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
Related Resources for Negligence Laws:
- The Law of Negligence
- Accident & Injury Center
- The New York Personal Injury Law Blog
- Find a Negligence Attorney