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date: 12 June 2024

p. 484. Negligence III: Causation and Remoteness of Damagelocked

p. 484. Negligence III: Causation and Remoteness of Damagelocked

  • Dr Karen DyerDr Karen DyerFormerly Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth
  •  and Dr Anil BalanDr Anil BalanSenior Lecturer, King’s College London


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses negligence in terms of causation and remoteness of damage. To answer questions on this topic, students need to understand the following: the concept of causation in negligence; causation in fact: the standard ‘but for’ test; variations of the ‘but for’ test: unknown causes, consecutive causes, and cumulative causes; causation in law: the test for ‘remoteness of damage’; the ‘eggshell-skull’ rule; and novus actus interveniens (new intervening acts): the act of the claimant, the act of third parties, and natural events.

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