Res Ipsa Loquitur: Definition, Examples & Cases


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Res ipsa loquitur means _________.

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1. An example of res ipsa loquitur is ______________.

2. In a famous California case, Ybarra v. Spangard, the court determined several elements that must be included when asserting the res ipsa loquitur doctrine. These included which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Res ipsa loquitur is a Latin phrase that has been used as a basis for evaluating the circumstances of particular legal cases. The quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you understand the concept and recall the information on this Latin phrase and its impact on the justice system in the U.S.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Definitions of Latin legal terms
  • The case of Ybarra v. Spangard
  • Negligence as viewed by the justice system
  • Specific examples of res ipsa loquitur
  • The concept of a presumption of the breach of duty

Skills Practiced

These tools will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related business law lesson
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify what is needed to prove basic negligence
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the justice system in a different light

Additional Learning

To fully understand the material, take the time to review the lesson titled Res Ipsa Loquitur: Definition, Examples & Cases. The following objectives are covered in detail:

  • Identify examples of res ipsa loquitur
  • Understand negligence in legal cases
  • Discover specific cases applying res ipsa loquitur
  • Understand the concept of a presumption of the breach of duty