Comparative Negligence


  • Used in tort law when determining fault and damages after a claim, the fact-finder, such as the insurer(s) or the jury, must determine to what degree the plaintiff's own negligence factored into damages, and if the plaintiff is found to be partially liable, how much of the liability belongs to each party. Comparative negligence is often used to assign liability in traffic accidents. Also known as "non-absolute contributory negligence."

non-absolute contributory negligence

Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Contributory Negligence Definition,
    • A legal defence that can be applied if the plaintiff is at least partially responsible for a harm, and if they are found partially liable, they can be denied any compensation.
  • Malpractice Insurance Definition,
    • Insurance that covers professionals from liability due to their own negligence or intentional harm.
  • Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) Acronym, Very Important,
    • Insurance that covers professionals for liabilities occurring due to negligence or harm in a product or service they provide.
  • Statutory Liability Definition,
    • Liability that is assigned by law and is not open for interpretation.
  • Tort Definition,
    • An act that causes harm or loss.
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