proximate cause

Definitions

Construction

  • The cause of an injury or of damages which, in natural and continuous sequence, unbroken by any legally recognized intervening cause, produces the injury, and without which the result would not have occurred. Existence of proximate cause involves both 1. causation in fact, i.e., that the wrongdoer actually produced an injury or damages, and 2. a public policy determination that the wrongdoer should be held responsible.

Human Resources

  • noun the direct cause (of an accident)
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