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Causation in the Law$
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H. L. A. Hart and Tony Honoré

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780198254744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198254744.001.0001

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Concurrent Causes and Contributory Negligence

Concurrent Causes and Contributory Negligence

(p.205) VIII Concurrent Causes and Contributory Negligence
Causation in the Law

H. L. A. Hart

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Chapter VI discussed the principles on which a third factor might be held, on the traditional view, to negative causal connection between a wrongful act and some harm of which the wrongful act was a necessary condition. This chapter deals with the other possibility, that such a third factor may not negative causal connection but be treated as a concurrent cause. These cases fall into three groups: in the first both wrongful acts are necessary conditions of the harm. In the second, one act is not a necessary condition of the harm since there is some other independent wrongful act sufficient to produce the harm. In the third, even if the defendant had complied with the law, either this or another event, which would then have happened, would have produced similar harm.

Keywords:   wrongful acts, harm, contributory negligence, concurrent causes, contributory causes

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