Contributory Negligence

To ensure that you are safe and that the defendant does not have any grounds for redress you should ensure that all normal safety precautions are taken. For example, within the work place, all health and safety measures that are implemented should be adhered to and not ignored. Furthermore, within road traffic incidents, matters such as the safety of your own vehicle and seatbelts etc should be worn at all times. As a general rule, if a parent is suing on behalf of a minor, it is more than likely that a child will not be found to have failed to take proper care.
The failure to take reasonable care must be a contributory cause to the damage suffered as opposed to the causation of the incident resulting in damage. Therefore, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to wear and properly secure a crash helmet or acting carelessly in situations where danger is likely to arise all warrant sufficient means for an action against the claimant within the defence of contributory negligence.
A further area that can arise is where there are joint tortfeasors. This can arise where there have been multiple parties that have contributed to an accident. In this instance, contributory negligence can operate as mechanism to determine the payouts involved within a personal injury claim. For example, where the main culprit injured someone but this was due to the negligent actions of another party, the ratio of payments issued by the parties can be divided equally or in more unequivocal terms.

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