Negligence Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Negligence.

Negligence (noun)

  • It's a legal term referring to the irresponsible behavior or failure to act like a reasonable person would by an individual or entity, resulting in harm or damage to another individual or entity. This behavior typically deviates from a standard of care that a normal, prudent person would adhere to under similar circumstances. Any harm caused by this carelessness may lead to a legal case where the negligent party could be held liable for resulting damages. If this negligent behavior causes an event leading to harm or disaster, the negligent party is often held accountable.