Someone Opened Their Car Door Into Me and Broke My Rib, Who’s At Fault?

You never think about the variety of odd circumstances that can cause injury until they happen to you. It’s likely not very many people ever considered that coffee could cause serious injury until the case of Stella Liebeck vs. McDonald’s back in 1992. It was no frivolous lawsuit, either.

Liebeck suffered third degree burns on her thighs, which are the most serious and require immediate and long-term medical attention. There are many other kinds of not-so-common injury situations that may cause you to ask yourself, “Who’s at fault?”

A Fight Between You and a Car Door

Car doors are involved in so many different kinds of accidents and collisions that they could almost be considered a weapon! If someone is in a hurry and opens their car door forcefully as you are standing or walking nearby, you could be significantly injured, especially if the force of the car door opening knocks you backwards into a harmful object or causing you to fall. Say you were riding a bicycle and had greater speed? That collision could be even more harmful. What if that collision actually caused you to break a bone?

Who is at Fault?

The question in so many different personal injury cases, is establishing fault. Once fault is established, the at-fault party has a responsibility to pay compensation, or damages, to the person who is injured. Damages can be paid through a negotiated settlement or court order.

Negligence and Fault

Most injury claims occur because one or more of the parties involved behaved negligently. There are legal elements of negligence that must be established to hold an individual liable for personal injury damages.

These include:

  • Duty
  • Breach
  • Causation
  • Damages

New Jersey Car Accident Attorneys

The experienced personal injury lawyers at Natale Law can help you with all of your common and not-so-common personal injury claims. If you have been injured by a car door or in any other circumstance, call 973.324.9711 or contact us for a free initial consultation.