Donoghue v Stevenson

 

The word negligence is a very common legal term nowadays. However, the modern concept of negligence can largely be traced back to 1932 when a House of Lords' decision set out the principle whereby one person would owe a duty of care to another.

In today's video, we are going to talk about a case that almost every lawyer in every common law system in the world is familiar with. It is the famous case of Donoghue v Stevenson. 

The case of Donoghue v Stevenson has a vital role in the determination of when a duty of care exists in negligence. The existence of a duty of care, which is owed to, by the defendant to the complainant is the very first ingredient without which, no cause of action arises. It can be said that this case has played an important role in the history and growth of the tort of negligence. 

The ruling, in this case, established the civil law tort of negligence and obliged businesses to observe a duty of care towards their customers

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