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chain of causation

Definition of chain of causation in English:

Law A linked series of events leading from cause to effect, typically in the assessment of liability for damages: in order to break the chain of causation the third party act must be independent of the breach of duty
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  • However, it will probably be rare for a patient's refusal to consent to care to constitute an intervening event breaking the chain of causation.
  • Unfortunately it did not enlarge on the circumstances in which self-injection would not have the effect of breaking the chain of causation.
  • Here the issue is whether the subsequent events should be regarded as severing the causal link - the chain of causation - between the conduct and the damage.
See parent entry: causation

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