Other Defenses to Negligence


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Paula is a police officer. She responds to Shelly's house on a call regarding a home burglar. When attempting to arrest the burglar, Paula is tackled and injured. Paula would like to sue. What would restrict her ability to file a claim?

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1. Rusty owns and runs a restaurant. He allows Tammy to drink six beers and then leave his restaurant. As Tammy is leaving she starts a fight with another customer, Carrie. Tammy breaks Carrie's nose. Carrie wants to sue for money damages. Why would Carrie have the ability to sue Tammy and most likely Rusty?

2. Darren is a distracted driver. While checking messages and drinking a large cup of coffee, he runs a stop sign and hits Hillary. Hillary's car is totaled and she has a sprained neck. She'd like to sue Darren. Would Darren have any defense under the rules covered within this lesson?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are quite a few legal defenses to negligence, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of some of these legal defenses. Some vocabulary terms you'll be assessed on include Dram Shop Acts, Fireman's Rule, Good Samaritan Acts, and Rescue Doctrine

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Fireman's Rule
  • Dram Shop Acts
  • Good Samaritan Acts
  • Rescue Doctrine

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of assumption of the risk as it applies to the Fireman's Rule
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key terms based on provided examples
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the different legal defenses to negligence

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson Other Defenses to Negligence. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define tort
  • Recognize the legal defenses available to an alleged tortfeasor
  • Understand some of the policy reasons for the legal defenses discussed in this lesson