Legal-Ease: Negligence and liability

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Negligence and liability are terms that we hear all the time. In most real-world legal situations, such as where damage to property occurs, liability may not solely fall onto one party. Negligent behavior helps us figure out who is liable, so what if both parties have been acting with negligence to varying degrees? Situations can become complex.

We all make mistakes. Liability is legal responsibility for the outcomes of certain mistakes.

When a mistake is made by someone acting unreasonably or not as responsible as a reasonable person should act, the person making the mistake is usually considered to be legally “negligent.” If I am negligent and cause an accident that damages another person or that person’s property, I may have at least some liability for the damages that result from that accident.

Read more about how negligence and liability can play out in Ohio law in Lee’s article in the Lima News: Legal-Ease: Negligence and liability

Source:, Legal-Ease: Negligence and liability by Lee R. Schroeder, September 24, 2016

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