Gross negligence describes severe carelessness reflecting a complete indifference to the safety of others. Almost as if safety doesn’t matter at all.
Nearly all personal injury cases involve some degree of negligence. Generally speaking, negligence is a failure to exercise ordinary care that you or the average person may be expected to have which leads to an injury or damage. Some cases involve examples of where people fail to exercise slight care. We call this gross negligence.
Now, despite utter disregard for others, gross negligence doesn’t mean someone intended to do harm. It simply means they behaved in a reckless way that almost certainly put others in danger. In fact, a defining characteristic of gross negligence is an uncaring attitude if others get hurt.
Can You Give Some Examples Of Gross Negligence?
Gross negligence isn’t just any kind of carelessness that leads to causing someone an injury or damages. It is taking a situation to the next level, blatantly putting people in danger. Here’s a few examples:
- If someone is driving at 50+ mph through a school zone while children are playing on the sidewalk.
- Or if a daycare worker leaves a gate open and lets the kids play outside without supervision. This can lead to serious injuries if they run onto the road.
- Or a doctor who amputates the wrong limb of his patient.
- lastly, if someone falls out of the back of an ambulance because the EMT didn’t secure the door.
While these are just a few examples, any situation that causes injury because someone was completely disregarding common sense and concern for others is gross negligence.
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