When proving a personal injury case, you must show that the negligent behavior of the defendant was the “actual and proximate cause” of your injury. Proximate cause means that the action must be directly related – that another intervening factor was not the more immediate cause of the injury. This is typified by the “but-for” test: if an injury would not have occurred but for the action of another, it is the proximate cause of injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence and need assistance proving your case, contact the Cincinnati personal injury attorneys at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733.
Exceptions to the “But-For” Test
In order for proximate cause to be proven, there cannot be an intervening factor that caused the injury. Imagine if a driver runs a red light, and you almost hit him. You turn around to voice your opinion to the driver as you pass, and when you turn back, you notice the car in front of you has stopped and you rear-end them. Even though you would not have turned around if not for the driver running the red light, the immediate cause of the accident was not the driver running the light, but you turning around to speak your mind.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the reckless or negligent behavior of another party, contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733. We will fight to hold all of those responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions.