When someone is negligent, it means they can be held legally responsible -- or liable -- for the injuries suffered by another person. A person is considered negligent by acting (or failing to act) in a certain way that results in someone else becoming injured or otherwise suffering losses. For example, you may be sued for negligence if you fail to fix a dangerous walkway to your front door, and a mail carrier becomes injured because of it. In that example, the homeowner owes a duty to others to maintain a safe walkway.
Tennessee negligence law is generally the same as negligence laws in other states. The basics of how the state handles negligence claims are listed in the following chart. See FindLaw's Negligence section for more articles and resources.
|Comparative Negligence||Comparative negligence in reference to reviewing bank statements of accts. 47-4-406.|
|Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery||See comparative negligence.|
|Contribution Among Tortfeasors||Yes; §§29-11-101 to 106|
|Uniform Act||29-11-101, et seq.|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Tennessee personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
The Elements of a Negligence Case
In order for a defendant to be held liable for negligence, the plaintiff must be able to prove certain elements. These are relatively uniform from one state to the next:
Negligence may extend to additional parties in certain cases. For example, someone who is injured by a garbage truck whose driver was negligent may be able to sue the driver's employer in addition to (or instead of) the individual driver.
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