chapter  11
The Suicide Cases
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Tragically it happens from time to time that victims of negligently-caused road and workplace accidents take their own lives within one or two years after the accident. Courts have been confronted with both remoteness of damage and causation issues in deciding whether the defendant should be held liable not only for the initial accident injuries but for the suicide as well. In such circumstances, should the act of suicide be deemed a novus actus interveniens, relieving the defendant of liability for the death itself?