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Proof Of Negligence Notes

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Proof of Negligence

Mahon v Dublin & Lucan Electric Railway (KB 1905) Facts

1. The deceased was found under the wheels of a train but no other evidence was adduced as to how the accident happened. IssueProof of Negligence - Balance of Probabilities

Judgment (Lord O'Brien LCJ)
? In light of the absence of evidence there is no grounds for a trial.

Byrne v Boadle (KB 1863) Facts

1. The plaintiff was walking down the street when a barrell fell out of building onto him. IssueProof of negligence - Res Ipsa Loquitur

Judgment
? In this case the barrell falling on the plaintiff was prima facie evidence of negligence and thus the onus was put on the defendant to prove on the balance of probabilities that it wasn't.

Scott v London & St Katherine Docks (Ex 1865) Facts

1. The plaintiff was walking outside the defendants' warehouse when he was injured by 6 bags of sugar falling on him. IssueProof of negligence - Res Ipsa Loquitur

Judgment
? Where something A) that is under the control of the defendant or his servants B) causes an injury C) through an action which, in ordinary circumstances does not occur when the defendant exercises proper care, then D) in the absence of an explanation from the defendants it affords reasonable evidence that the injury arose from their negligence and thus there is a case to go to a jury.

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