The rules governing personal injury lawsuits can be complex and can change over time. A recent article in the Huffington Post brought up one such shift that we as attorneys must stay on top of in order to best represent our clients. The article gave an overview of the legal doctrine of “res ipsa loquitur” and how it can help or hurt someone pursuing a personal injury or auto accident lawsuit.

“Res ipsa loquitur” says that in some liability cases the cause of an accident or injury is obvious enough that the results speak for themselves. In these instances, the person injured does not have to prove the exact cause of the accident because it’s clear enough to everyone involved what happened. But what if the party being sued disagrees? Often, the courts must decide on a case by case basis whether to allow a personal injury lawsuit based on res ipsa loquitur.

As the Huffington Post notes, cases based on res ipsa loquitur are becoming increasingly rare for a variety of reasons. More often than not, someone injured due to an accident or negligence will need to prove the other party was at fault. That is why we always recommend that you find an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the often complicated laws surrounding personal injury accident cases.

At Martin Walker P.C. we specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits. If you or a loved one were injured and have questions about your legal options, contact us for a free consultation.