Chapter

<i>Res Ipsa Loquitur</i>

Ariel Porat and Alex Stein

in Tort Liability Under Uncertainty

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780198267973
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267973.003.0004
Res Ipsa Loquitur

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This chapter examines the res ipsa loquitur presumption in relation to tort liability under uncertainty. There are three variants of this presumption. The first variant merely allows the fact-finder to infer the defendant’s negligence from the presumption’s basic facts, the second requires the fact-finder to draw such an inference if the defendant fails to produce exonerating evidence, and the third requires the fact-finder to hold the defendant negligent if the defendant fails to establish his faultlessness.

Keywords: res ipsa loquitur; tort liability; uncertainty; negligence; presumption

Chapter.  8799 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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