Definition of "Tort, defense against unintentional"
Excuses raised by a defendant in a negligent suit (unintentional tort). There are three basic defenses to unintentional torts or negligence.
- ASSUMPTION OF RISK an individual (plaintiff), by not objecting to the negligent conduct of another, acknowledges awareness of the present danger and consents to it.
- CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE both individuals have contributed to an injury or property damage sustained by one or both individuals.Under this circumstance neither should be allowed to collect from the other.
- COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE where both plaintiff and defendant contributed to plaintiff's injury, the apportionment of some fault to the plaintiff reduces the liability of the defendant.
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