proximate cause

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prox·i·mate cause

the immediate cause that precipitates a condition.
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proximate cause

Malpractice An element required to prove negligence; the plaintiff–Pt or Pt's estate must prove that the Pt's injury is reasonably connected to the physician's action, through either the 'but for' test or the 'substantial factor' test. See 'But for' test, Negligence, 'Substantial factor' test.
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The court held, inter alia, that, in order to establish proximate cause by a preponderance of the evidence in a medical malpractice case, a plaintiff must use expert testimony as to the alleged professional negligence and whether that negligence was the direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff's injury.
ISSUE: In the trial of medical malpractice cases, not only must plaintiffs prove that there was malpractice, but they must prove that the malpractice was the direct and proximate cause of harm to victims.

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