Liability is simply a term that means fault. An injured party’s attorney’s job is to prove a person or entity is at fault for causing the accident and the claimant’s injuries. Not only fault in the general sense, but in the legal sense. For instance, a person or entity may be at fault for an accident, but not legally liable for an accident or injury to someone. This may be the case where some government entities have “immunities” that protect them from lawsuits. Another example may be where someone slips and falls on snow or ice on a single family owner/occupied residential property owner’s sidewalk. A single family owner/occupied residential property owner is protected under our law under many circumstances with respect to snow and ice on a sidewalk. A good personal injury attorney will research the property to determine if the property is being used for commercial purposes and/or whether the accident fits into any recognized exceptions to the law.
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