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Res Ipsa Loquitur

Even though the thing speaks for itself, this lesson speaks more about res ipsa loquitur. This tort doctrine becomes an immediate favorite of all who hear its mellifluous name, but the doctrine has several nuances that do not speak so clearly, such as the circumstances when it applies, how common carriers are covered, and how it is conveyed to the jury. This lesson explores all of those nuances.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Define the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur.
  2. Discuss the circumstances when the doctrine, res ipsa loquitur, applies.
  3. Explain how common carriers are covered.
  4. Analyze how the doctrine is explained to a jury.
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