res ipsa loquitur

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Latin for ‘the thing speaks for itself.’ A legal doctrine under which a plaintiff’s burden to prove a defendant’s negligence is minimal and may not require expert witnesses as the details of the incident are clear and understandable to a jury—e.g., foreign objects, gauze, surgical instruments, left in the patient during surgery

res ipsa loquitur

The thing speaks for itself Law & medicine A legal doctrine under which a plaintiff's burden to prove negligence is minimal as the details of the incident are clear and understandable to a jury–eg, foreign objects left behind during surgery, eg towels. See Medical malpractice.

res ip·sa lo·qui·tur

(res ip'să lō'kwi-tŭr)
The thing speaks for itself; the circumstantial evidence (of malpractice) is obvious and does not require an expert witness to testify.
[L.]

res ip·sa lo·qui·tur

(res ip'să lō'kwi-tŭr)
Latin meaning the thing speaks for itself.
[L.]
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Accordingly, all the requirements necessary to entitle plaintiff to rely on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor to supply an inference of negligence are present.
You could suggest to the council's insurer that 'res ipsa loquitor' applies which means 'the accident speaks for itself'.
Invoking the doctrine res ipsa loquitor (the thing speaks for itself), Ortiz claimed that the information filed by prosecutors detailing the charges and the people involved in the three cases did not mention his name.