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Contributory Negligence

Contributory negligence is the legal doctrine that holds a plaintiff either partially or fully financially responsible for their injuries because they contributed in some way to the accident.

For example, if a driver is speeding down the road and inadvertently runs a red light, while at the same time a pedestrian jogs across the street without looking for traffic or having a cross walk, and they collide, the pedestrian would argue that the driver is responsible for the injuries because the driver sped through a red light, and the driver would argue the pedestrian is responsible for the injuries because the pedestrian crossed the street without checking for oncoming traffic.

Historically, contributory negligence has been an absolute defense against civil liability. This was ultimately abused by companies during the industrial revolution, as workers who were injured on the job would find themselves on the losing end of contributory negligence defenses. Their employers would argue that the employee was in some way responsible for their own injuries, and courts were generally favorable to this type of argument. The end result was that the court determined that even if an employee was 5% responsible for their injury, the employer owed them nothing.

As such, most contributory negligence rules have been replaced by a modified form of negligence known as comparative negligence, requiring each party to pay to the degree that they were responsible.

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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733, and we will help you fight against the person or persons responsible for your injuries.

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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
(513) 321-7733

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