Reading: (CU1 M3) Negligence
Have you ever been around someone who is being careless and ends up breaking something? If you become angry with them, they might respond by saying, “I didn't do it on purpose”. But the tort of negligence tells us that even when a person does not commit wrongs on purpose, he or she still may be held accountable if that person did not exercise proper care. Note that the standard used in judging this is to ask what any reasonable person would do in the same situation. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the elements of negligence. Remember, if all of the elements of negligence are met, then it becomes necessary to determine what the damages were. Also, note that there are defenses to a charge of negligence.
Please read The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: “Chapter 7: Section 2: Negligence” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (PDF)