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Contributory Negligence

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Contributory negligence means that you, the injured party or plaintiff, may be partially at fault for your injury or loss. An example of contributory negligence in a car accident is not wearing a seatbelt. A finding of contributory negligence may decrease the compensation you are entitled to under the Contributory Negligence Act.

In some cases, the Court assigns a percentage of liability between the parties in an accident. The plaintiff (injured party) does not have to prove that the defendant (person being sued) is 100% liable in order to collect damages. If the Court feels that the Plaintiff is partly responsible for the accident, however, the blame will be assigned on a percentage basis.

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