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Proximate cause

Proximate cause is a fundamental legal concept in the field of personal injury law. It refers to the direct and foreseeable cause of an injury or harm that results from a defendant's actions or negligence. Establishing proximate cause is crucial in determining legal liability and ensuring that the responsible party is held accountable for their actions.
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    What is Legal Cause?

    In the legal context, proximate cause is often used interchangeably with legal cause or direct cause. It focuses on the relationship between the defendant's actions and the specific harm suffered by the plaintiff. Proximate cause goes beyond the "but for" test of factual causation, which asks whether the harm would have occurred "but for" the defendant's actions. Instead, it considers whether the harm was a direct and foreseeable result of the defendant's conduct.


    What is An Example of Direct Cause?

    An example that illustrates the concept of proximate cause is the famous case of Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad. In this case, Mrs. Palsgraf, a passenger waiting on a train platform, was injured when a package containing fireworks, negligently handled by a railroad employee, exploded.

    The court ruled that the railroad's negligence was not the proximate cause of Mrs. Palsgraf's injuries because the harm suffered was not foreseeable. The court reasoned that the risk of harm from the fireworks was not within the scope of the railroad's duty to its passengers.


    Can An Attorney Help Establish Direct Cause?

    To establish proximate cause, the plaintiff must show that the defendant's actions were a substantial factor in causing the injury and that the harm was a foreseeable consequence of those actions. This requires a careful analysis of the specific facts and circumstances of the case, as well as an understanding of legal precedents and principles.

    Proximate cause can be a complex and nuanced legal concept, and its successful application in a personal injury case requires the expertise of a seasoned personal injury lawyer. At MVP Accident Attorneys, we have a team of experienced attorneys who can help you navigate the intricacies of proximate cause and other legal aspects of your case.

    Our legal team has a deep understanding of personal injury law, including the concept of proximate cause. They are well-versed in the relevant legal principles and can skillfully apply them to your case to establish the necessary link between the defendant's actions and your injuries.

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    To discuss your case and explore your legal options, take advantage of the free consultation offered by the legal team at MVP Accident Attorneys.

    During this consultation, our compassionate attorneys will listen to your story, evaluate the merits of your claim, and provide you with personalized guidance on the best course of action. Contact us today to learn more.


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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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