Contributory Negligence

Contributory Negligence

“contributory negligence” means a failure by a person who suffers harm to take reasonable care for his or her own protection or the protection of his or her own interests.

Contributory negligence occurs when the injured person themselves is found to have contributed to the cause of their loss or injury. If a plaintiff has failed to take reasonable care for their own safety or loss then they will be found contributorily negligent. The amount of damages they can claim will be reduced according to the extent they are found to have contributed to the loss.

Some examples of contributory negligence are: