What Constitutes Corporate Negligence?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Corporate neglect occurs when a corporation commits a breach of duty of care, causing harm to its customers or employees. A breach of duty of care, or more simply a “breach of duty” is a term often used in legal situations and refers to the failure of one party to behave in a reasonably responsible manner, resulting in harm to another party. Corporate neglect can occur in any industry but is common in the fields of healthcare and finances.
In the case of corporations, they are legally obligated to provide reasonable levels of safety and security to employees and consumers. When a corporation fails to do so, resulting in harm to another party, they have committed corporate negligence and the injured party may be eligible to seek compensation. If you believe you may have suffered from corporate negligence, reach out to an attorney to learn about your options for recovery.
Examples of corporate negligence include but are not limited to the following:
- Allowing a defective product to go to market
- Allowing a defective vehicle or auto part to be sold without any corrective efforts
- Sharing or allowing confidential information to be leaked, putting customers at risk of financial or other harm
- Failing to check the credentials of an employee in need of adequate licensure (i.e. failing to check a doctor’s credentials before hiring them)
- Failing to maintain and clean/safe work environment
- Failing to provide adequate employee training, resulting in unsafe or harmful situations
- Designing or implementing unsafe policies
- Failing to ensure adequate staffing in facilities such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities
- Failing to respond to and correct employee/customer complaints regarding safety concerns
If you have suffered as a result of corporate negligence, you can receive financial compensation for your damages.
Damages that may occur from corporate negligence are wide-ranging. If the negligence resulted in physical harm, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, recovery costs, and more. To learn more about what kind of damages may be covered in a corporate negligence case resulting in physical harm, reach out to a personal injury attorney. Consultations are free and in most cases, clients do not pay for their attorney’s services unless they win the case.
If the damage caused by corporate negligence was purely financial, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your financial loss, in addition to potential punitive damages. Punitive damages are not typical, but when they occur are intended as a corrective action against the negligent party to prevent them from committing the same negligence again.
If the corporate negligence harmed people on a large scale, such as a data breach, a class action lawsuit may be possible.
In the case of some corporate negligence cases, so many people are affected that filing individual lawsuits is not feasible. When this is the case, the injured parties may file a class action lawsuit to seek compensation for their damages as a group. If you believe your damages may be covered in a current or potential class action lawsuit, reach out to a class action attorney to discuss your situation.
To learn more about corporate negligence or for help filing a claim, reach out to a personal injury attorney.