Cause Of Action: Kingston High School (KHS)

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Cause of Action The plaintiff in this case is Mary and the defendant is the Kingston High School (KHS). Mary has a cause of action for her physical injury sustained during the football game and economic loss arising from her injury. The defendant is liable to the plaintiff for negligence. The high school has vicarious liability for its cheerleaders, football players and coaches. Statement of Law and Analysis The defendant, KHS, owed the plaintiff, Mary, a duty of care. Mary was a foreseeable plaintiff. The football field is surrounded by KHS, the university business school and the university’s largest residence. Hence, it is foreseeable that university students would use the field as a shortcut from the business school back to the residence.…show more content…
KHS could not reasonably foresee Mary as a plaintiff. The reasonable person would notice the football game and hence take the alternative longer route. Mary acted irrationally because she was feeling sick and wanted to get home as quickly as possible in the bad weather. KHS could not have foreseen that a university student would persist on cutting across the field and walk down the sidelines during a game. The connection between causation in fact and the consequences are too remote to be deemed causation in law. Therefore, KHS did not cause the harm suffered by Mary. The second defense is contributory negligence. Mary saw that there was a football game going on and yet she still chose to walk down the sidelines behind the cheerleaders to take the shortcut back to residence. She was negligent in taking the standard of care to remove herself from danger’s way. Thus, Mary’s physical was partially due to her own negligence in the situation. Conclusion The likely outcome of this case is that KHS was negligent to Mary and liable for her physical injury and economic loss. KHS owed a duty of care to Mary even though she was not there to attend the game. The reason for the plaintiff being on the field is irrelevant in the situation. Lastly, the harm was reasonably foreseeable when the plaintiff was on the…show more content…
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