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What is the effect of a novus actus Interveniens?
Last Updated: 29th January, 2020
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Moreover, what is the effect of there being a novus actus Interveniens?
Novus actus interveniens in medical negligence cases is when an unforeseeable event occurs after a neglectful act which intervenes and worsens the effects. This is known as “breaking the chain of causation” and often means the defendant will not be found liable – even if it can be proved that they acted negligently.
Subsequently, question is, when can the chain of causation be broken? A novus actus breaks the causal chain between the initial wrongdoer's action and the liability that is imputed to him or her as a result thereof. A requirement for an act or omission committed after the initial wrongdoer's act to constitute a novus actus is that the secondary act was not reasonably foreseeable.
Likewise, people ask, what is breaking the chain of causation?
Breaking the chain. Breaking the chain (or novus actus interveniens, literally new intervening act) refers in English law to the idea that causal connections are deemed to finish.
Can omissions break the chain of causation?
⇒ As a general rule, it would seem that omissions of a third party cannot break the chain of causation. For example, if you stabbed someone and a medic arrived but refused to treat the victim, the medic's omission (to treat the victim) would not break the chain of causation.