Liability Legal Definition

What is Liability” 

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Liability Legal Definition

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Liability legal definition: Simply put, liability is the state of being responsible for something. In a legal context, it is an enforceable claim against a business or individual’s assets for compensation for damages associated with a criminal or civil wrong.


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Liability and Car Accident Cases

In car accident injury cases, liability is based on many factors. In personal injury actions stemming from motor vehicle crashes, the courts generally recognize four types of four basic types of fault that would make one liable:

  • Negligence, which is associated with careless behavior
  • Recklessness, which is associated with behavior that willfully disregards the health and safety or others
  • Intentional misconduct, which refers to behavior that was willfully wanton
  • Strict liability, which applies regardless of who was at fault

It should be noted that regulations regarding liability in car accident cases, and a victim’s ability to recover legal damages vary by state and per the terms of the insurance policies at play.

People who’ve been seriously hurt in a motor vehicle crash are best served by calling an experienced attorney who can understand how to determine who’s liable for your injuries, and how to best prove your claim in court. Call Pribanic & Pribanic today for a free consultation of your claim.  


Liability and Medical Malpractice Cases

In medical malpractice cases, a doctor or healthcare professional can be held liable for legal damages in cases where:

  • The doctor or healthcare provider owed the injured patient duty of care
  • The doctor or healthcare provider breached that duty of care
  • That breach directly resulted in the injury
  • The injury resulted in damages

Medical mistakes are devastating, and the road to recovery can be a long one. Understanding who is liable for your injury and how best to prove your case in court is best accomplished with the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. Call Pribanic & Pribanic now for a free case review.


Liability and Personal Injury Cases

Liability is a linchpin of all personal injury cases, including those dealing with car accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, or defective products. Essentially, to win a personal injury lawsuit, victims must prove that their injury was caused by the negligence of the liable party.

An injured party’s ability to recover legal compensation depends on:

  • Who was liable for the injury
  • What evidence exists 
  • The insurance policies of all parties
  • The type and severity of the injury

Regardless of what type of personal injury you’ve suffered, Pribanic & Pribanic can help determine who’s liable for damages, and how best to proceed with legal action.


Liability and Workers’ Compensation Cases

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system is not fault-based. This means that employees who are hurt on the job are entitled to replacement wages and medical benefits through workers’ comp regardless of whether they or their employer was liable for the injury.




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