Intervening Cause

Crushendo defines this key bar prep and torts term.

What does intervening cause mean?

intervening cause – An additional cause of harm after negligent conduct. If the intervening cause is reasonably foreseeable (like negligent rescue efforts or medical care) then the original tortfeasor can be on the hook for the additional damages. But if the intervening cause is not reasonably foreseeable, it’s called a “superseding cause” and the tortfeasor is not liable for the additional damages. Say you negligently trip a cop and then her foot smacks the sidewalk causing the gun in her ankle holster to misfire and shoot a passerby.

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