What is negligence?

In the legal realm, negligence is a term used to describe a party’s failure to use reasonable care when performing an action. When negligence results in injury to another individual, the party at fault may be required to pay damages. Negligence may be used to describe situations in which an individual either fails to use the amount of care a reasonable person would use under the same circumstances as well as situations in which an individual take actions that a reasonable person would avoid.