Medico Legal Corner
What is res ipsa loquitur?
Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta, 24 September 2018
Res ipsa loquitur is a legal Latin Maxim which means “the thing (situation) speaks for itself.”The principle of res ipsa loquitur is, in essence, an evidential principle, which, in certain cases, allows the court to draw an inference of negligence.The maxim applies where an accident occurs in circumstances in which accident do not normally happen unless there has been negligence by someone. The fact of the accident itself may give rise to an inference of negligence
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