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August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2)

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Expert Witness: Whose fault was it?

Negligence, foreseeability and the chain of causation

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Diana Kloss explains the importance of the chain of causation in establishing negligence for accident or injury.

IF we try to trace the cause of an accident we almost always find that a number of different events combined together and that chance played an important part. In the leading case in the law of tort, an engineer on the defendant's ship negligently discharged a quantity of furnace oil into Sydney harbour, fouling the wharf owned by the…

Diana Kloss is a barrister, part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2008 (vol. 05/2) pp32-33

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