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Understanding Proximate Cause

Posted on May 19th, 2009 No Comments

In order to successfully prove a personal injury claim, you must be able to show that a number of factors were present. First, you must show that the defendant had a duty of care to you as the plaintiff; typically this involves the defendant engaging in actions that could potentially cause risk to other people. Second, you must show that the duty was breached in some way, usually by showing they failed to minimize the risks involved with their actions. And finally, you must be able to show that this breach was the actual and proximate cause of your injury.

If you or a loved one needs assistance proving your case in a personal injury lawsuit, contact the Jacksonville proximate cause attorneys at the Law Offices of Donald Guthrie today by calling 904-296-1088, and we will effectively and aggressively represent all aspects of your case.

What is Proximate Cause?

An action is the proximate cause of an injury if there was no intervening factor that was a more immediate cause. Typically, this is shown via the “but-for” test, which asks: “Would the injury have not occurred but for the action?” If the answer is “no”, then typically the action is considered to be the proximate cause. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule, so it is important to speak with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent behavior, contact the Jacksonville proximate cause attorneys at the Law Offices of Donald Guthrie today at 904-296-1088. Let us put our years of legal experience to work for you.

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