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Tort Law

Tort Law (8th edn)

Kirsty Horsey and Erika Rackley
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date: 17 July 2024

p. 2619. Causation and remoteness of damagelocked

p. 2619. Causation and remoteness of damagelocked

  • Kirsty Horsey
  •  and Erika Rackley


This chapter discusses the final ‘hurdle’ for the claimant to overcome in the tort of negligence—causation. The claimant must prove that their injuries were caused by the defendant’s actions in both fact and law. To establish cause in fact, the claimant must show, on the balance of probabilities, that the defendant’s breach caused their harm. Tests for cause in law encompass a remoteness test (which involves establishing whether the damage that occurred was foreseeable to the defendant at the time of the negligence). It is the type of harm that must be foreseeable, not its extent. The last part of the test is to ask whether any intervening acts (acts that occurred after the defendant’s breach) broke the chain of causation. If so, the defendant will not be liable.

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