In most personal injury cases, it must be shown that the defendant engaged in some form of negligent conduct. This exists to protect people from liability that results from accidents that could not be avoided. If, for example, someone is driving a car and an earthquake causes their vehicle to flip over and injure a pedestrian, it is most likely that the driver will not be considered liable. No one could realistically anticipate an earthquake causing such an accident, and thus the driver could do nothing to avoid the situation.
However, in cases where strict liability applies, no negligent behavior is necessary. The doctrine of strict liability suggests that certain actions are so inherently risky, that the very act of performing them is negligent. Such actions are often called ultrahazardous, and often include activities such as transporting hazardous chemicals. In these cases, any injuries that result are considered the liability of those doing the transportation, regardless of whether or not any negligence occurred.
Another important area where strict liability applies is in product liability cases. Manufacturers are strictly liable for the products they create: the very fact that a defective product was produced stands as proof of liability. However, product liability law can be extremely complicated so it is extremely important to contact an experienced Cincinnati personal injury attorney with any questions you may have.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another, contact a Cincinnati strict liability lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC by calling 513-321-7733 for the representation you need.