Negligence is often used as a broad term to describe a number of actions that are considered to be below the standard of care of a reasonable person. Gross negligence expands on this concept, describing actions that fall even further below the reasonable standard of care.
Gross negligence is seen as a more serious offense than standard negligence. If you or someone you love has been the victim of gross negligence, contact the Wausau personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 for a free case evaluation.
Understanding Gross Negligence
Gross negligence refers to a blatant and conscious disregard of one's duty. In terms of personal injury cases, this means purposefully failing to exercise reasonable care even when the consequences of doing so are understood.
This differs from negligence in that individuals guilty of negligence may not have had bad intentions; rather, they may have attempted to exercise reasonable care but failed to do so successfully, or they may have failed to exercise reasonable care because they did not realize the consequences.
In some cases, gross negligence may be associated with criminal acts such manslaughter. As such, individuals found guilty of gross negligence may be responsible for paying monetary damages in addition to being sentenced for a crime.
The Wausau personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to help you if you have been a victim of gross negligence. Contact our experienced attorneys today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal right and options for seeking justice.