Chap012 - Chapter 12 Legal Liability for Injuries I....

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Chapter 12 Legal Liability for Injuries I. Multiple Choice 1. The conditions necessary for a plaintiff to show that a defendant was negligent include all of the following except : a. The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff and breached the duty b. The defendant’s breach of duty was the proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. c. The defendant intended to cause harm to the plaintiff d. The plaintiff suffered a loss. Answer: c Type: K 2. Under joint and several liability: a. A defendant’s spouse is equally liable for the defendant’s negligence. b. A defendant can be held fully responsible for losses he/she only partially caused. c. A defendant has no defenses against the charge of negligence. d. All of the above. Answer: b Type: K 3. Which of the following is/are true about punitive damages? a. They are not designed to compensate for the plaintiff’s losses b. They are intended to punish the defendant for the actions that led to the injury c. They have been controversial in recent years because juries have tended to give large awards of this type. d. All of the above. Answer: d Type: K 4. Which of the following is not a proposed reform for the tort liability system? a. limit contingency fees charged by lawyers b. require that winners pay the legal fees of the losers c. caps on pain and suffering damages d. restrictions on the collateral source rule Answer: b 73
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Type: K 5. Which of the following is/are a defense to product liability claims in most states? a. contributory negligence b. assumption of the risk c. both (a) and (b) defenses to product liability claims d. none of the above Answer: c Type: K 6. From an economic perspective, the tort system would not be necessary if: a. consumers were uninformed about a product’s risk and transactions costs were low b. consumers were fully informed about a product’s risk and transactions costs were low c. consumers were fully informed about a product’s risk and transactions costs were high d. consumers were partially informed about a product’s risk and transactions costs were high Answer: b Type: A 7. John was speeding into an intersection when Mary negligently was making a left turn. Their cars collided and Mary sued John for her injuries. The jury determined that John was negligent and that Mary was 30% responsible for her own injuries. Mary’s actual damages were $25,000. If the
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