Eggshell Skull Rule

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A rule that holds a tortfeasor liable for all consequences resulting from a tortious and/or negligent act that led to the injury of another person, regardless of whether the victim was unusually susceptible to harm. The term refers to a hypothetical person with a skull as delicate as the shell of an egg. Under the law, a tortfeasor cannot claim his unawareness of the victim’s skull fragility as a defense for the consequence of the wrongful contact
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In many jurisdictions, you can ask for an instruction on the "thin skull doctrine," which states that a jury cannot lessen a damages award because a plaintiff's physical frailty made him or her susceptible to injury.
This evidence can then be given the stamp of judicial approval by an instruction on the "Thin Skull Doctrine" when appropriate.