Causation In A Personal Injury Claim

Personal Injury Law

When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you must first show that the at-fault party failed to act as a reasonable person—that their conduct was below what would be considered reasonable in society. In addition, you must show that the breach of duty caused you to suffer an injury.

Under the law, there are two types of causation—actual cause and proximate cause—and you must show both. The actual cause, also known as “but for” cause, simply asks the question of whether the accident (and your injury) would have occurred in the absence of the defendant’s breach of the standard of care. Proximate cause is a bit more complex, looking at whether or not the consequences (your injury) were reasonably foreseeable as a result of the breach.

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