Negligence is a civil wrong, or “tort”, which can give rise to civil liability. It is best expressed as a failure to take the necessary care in the circumstances of the particular case. It enables one person to sue another who has caused them loss or damage even if there is no contractual relationship between the parties.

What amounts to negligence depends on the facts of each case. However, examples include the following:

  • doing something carelessly

  • failing to do something which should have been done

  • doing something which should not have been done

  • giving incorrect advice

  • failing to supervise properly

  • failing to take the proper precautions

  • failing to train employees to do something properly.

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