accidents & injuries (tort law)

Disclaim

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) To refuse or give away a claim or a right to something. For example, if your aunt leaves you a white elephant in her will and you don't want it, you can refuse the gift by disclaiming your ownership...

Dog-bite Statute

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA state law that makes dog owners liable for injuries caused by their dogs, even if an owner didn't know that the dog was likely to cause that kind of injury. More than half the states now have such dog-...

Dram Shop Rule

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA law that makes a business that sells alcoholic drinks or a host who serves liquor to an obviously intoxicated person strictly liable to anyone injured by the drunken patron or guest.

Definition...

Due

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) Owed as of a specific date.2) Immediately enforceable -- for example, payment is due at time of service.3) Proper, just, or reasonable -- for example, due care.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-...

Due and Owing

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: due

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Due Care

Also referred to as ordinary care and reasonable care, is the standard of care where a reasonable person would exercise in the same situation or under similar circumstances.

This standard of care is used...

Due Diligence

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryCare or attention to a matter that is sufficient enough to avoid a claim of negligence, though not necessarily exhaustive.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Duty

1) Requirement to perform some conduct required by law, custom, morality, or personal commitment. This requirement often created a right in the other that the duty be performed, and a breach of such duty (ex. Fiduciary duty, duty of...

Duty to Mitigate

The duty of someone who was wronged to make reasonable efforts to limit the resulting harm. A duty to mitigate can apply to the victim of a tort or a breach of contract. Neglecting a duty to mitigate precludes the recovery of damages that could have...

Economic Torts

A bundle of torts including fraud, negligent misrepresentation, interference with contractual relations, interference with prospective advantage, and injurious falsehood.

Pages