direct and proximate cause


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direct and proximate cause

n. the immediate reason damage was caused by an act or ommission (negligence), the negligence must have caused the damages, without intervention of another party, and cannot be remote in time or place. Example (in a complaint): "Defendant's negligent acts (speeding and losing control of his vehicle) directly and proximately caused plaintiff's injuries." (See: complaint, cause, proximate cause)

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LEGAL COMMENTARY: Despite many reasons for the jury to have found for the Wades, and award damages as it did, there was a wide gap between the allegations of negligence made by the Wades and the evidence they submitted that the allegedly negligent conduct of the physician and nurses involved in the delivery was not in accord with the applicable standard of care, and was the direct and proximate cause of Daniel's condition.
He afterwards lost his property by fire, which was the direct and proximate cause of his loss.
Here, the plaintiff ,flailed to elicit any testimony from his own expert medical witness(es) as to their expert medical opinion that to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, the alleged medical malpractice of the defendants was the direct and proximate cause of the resulting injury to the plaintiff's left eye, which resulted in a permanent loss of vision in the eye.
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