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Can I File a Claim Against a Corporation?

Submitted by Deanna on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:32

If you have suffered injuries and you believe it was a result of someone else's negligence, you might want to pursue a personal injury claim. If you believe a corporation or business is at fault for your accident, you might wonder if that has to be pursued differently. Filing a personal injury claim against a large company is exceedingly difficult.

You might be able to sue a corporation if its negligence has made the company responsible for your injuries. If you have entered a business's premises, you have the right to feel safe and the company is obligated to provide you with an environment that is safe from harm from any auto accident or potential slip and fall.

How a Corporation Might Be Liable For Your Injuries

If the corporation failed to follow through with its obligations and you suffered injuries, then they might have made themselves liable for any damages that you incur. In those situations, you would have the right to sue them for a personal injury claim so you could recover your losses or damages that were a result of the accident. In order to file a personal injury claim against or corporation, or to file a lawsuit against them for your damages, you have to prove that three basic elements exist in order to win your claim. Those elements are:

Can I file a claim against a corporation?

  • There was a duty of care that the business owed the customer
  • That duty of care was breached
  • The breach resulted in harm to you as the customer

Duty of Care and Personal Injury Claims

If a business allows customers onto its property, or if a business transports you to and from one location, it has a responsibility to ensure those customers have been safely provided for. While there is no way a business could prevent all injuries, the laws do vary from one state to another regarding the obligations of the corporation.

As an example, if you were to board a bus en route to a neighboring town, it would be reasonable to expect that you'll get to your destination safely. If the driver were to drive recklessly and get into an auto accident, you might be eligible for compensation to pay for any medical bills or lost wages due to injuries.

Breach of Duty

If a corporation doesn't follow through with its obligation to provide safe premises for customers it has "breached" its obligation or duty. One example would be a customer suffering a slip and fall because of spilled produce in a grocery store, or a customer damaging his car by driving through a large pothole in a parking lot.

Physical Harm and Its Importance When Filing a Claim

You will have to prove how that breach of duty that lead to a fall or other incident resulted in harm to you. This can be proven by saving your medical bills, lost wages, and records of property damages such as repair bills from an auto mechanic. The pivotal point is showing that the breach of duty resulted in the injuries and losses that you are claiming.

Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured and you believe a corporation is to blame, you should consult with a personal injury attorney. It will be nearly impossible to file any kind of claim against a corporation without legal assistance. A personal injury attorney can prove the three basic elements in order to pursue your personal injury claim so you can recover your losses. A personal injury attorney isn't paid until your claim is won, so you have no upfront costs for the consultation.