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Related to contributory negligence: comparative negligence
a legal term describing a situation in which both the plaintiff and the defendant share in the negligence that caused injury to the plaintiff.
contributory negligenceContributory neglect Malpractice A Pt's or plaintiff's conduct while under a physician's care that falls below that which a reasonable person would exercise for his or her own protection, thereby contributing to the physician's alleged negligence. See Medical malpractice, Negligence, Reasonable person standard.
a common countersuit to a charge of negligence. For example, it could be alleged that a fatal outcome to a surgical operation on an animal, the basis for a suit alleging negligence, has been contributed to by the owners because they did not seek further assistance until it was too late.