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Comparative Negligence vs. Contributory Negligence

Under the legal doctrine of comparative negligence, when both the plaintiff and the defendant are guilty of negligence, the plaintiff’s damage award will be reduced by the amount of his responsibility for the accident. For example, a motorcycle rider collides with a truck driver at an intersection.

Defenses to Actions Involving Recreational Boating Accidents

When a plaintiff files a lawsuit regarding a recreational boating accident, the defendant may claim defenses that are similar to those available in any other accident case. Such defenses include that the accident was inevitable, that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent or assumed the risk, that there was a superseding cause, or that the plaintiff’s action is barred by the doctrine of laches or by a statute of limitations.

The Collateral Source Rule

The “collateral source rule” is a legal rule that prevents a defendant from introducing evidence that a plaintiff has received payment from a third party. For example, a plaintiff is injured in an automobile accident with a defendant.

Tort Action for Dangerous Employment of a Minor Child

A person who employs a minor child in a dangerous occupation may be liable to the child’s parent for harm that is sustained by the child. An occupation is considered to be dangerous if it involves a risk of death or serious bodily harm because of the age and inexperience of the child. The occupation does not have to be dangerous for an adult in order for the employer to be liable to the parent.


Because a tenant is an occupier of property, the tenant is liable for all dangerous conditions or activities that are conducted on the property just as any other occupier of property would be. However, the tenant is only liable for areas over which the tenant has control. The tenant is not responsible for areas outside the leased premises or over which the landlord has control.

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