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Meaning of Gross Negligence
That entire want of care which would raise the belief that the act or omission complained of is the result of conscious indifference to the rights and welfare of persons affected by it. Claunch v Bennett, (Tex. Civ.App.) 392 S. W.2d 719. heedless and reckless disregard of rights of others. That course of conduct which a reasonable and prudent man would know would probably and most likely result in injury to person or property . Douglas v Galvin, (Fl.App.) 130 So.2d 282. The phrase has also been defined as the omission of care which even the most inattentive and thoughtless seldom fail to take of their own concerns. See Thieman v Johnson, 257 F.2d 129.
Gross Negligence Alternative Definition
The omission of that care which even inattentive and thoughtless men never fail to take of their own property. Jones, Bailm. The want of slight diligence. 103 111. 523. Lata culpa, or, as the Roman lawyers most accurately called it, dolo proxima, is, in practice, considered as equivalent to dolus, or fraud itself. It must not be confounded, however, with fraud; for it may exist consistently with good faith and honesty of intention, according to common-law authorities.
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Gross negligence in Law Enforcement
Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of gross negligence.
Gross negligence in Maritime Law
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See “faute lourde” (see this legal maritime term in this international legal dictionary).
Legal English Vocabulary: Gross Negligence in Spanish
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English Legal System: Gross Negligence
In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Gross Negligence : A high degree of *negligence, manifested in behaviour substantially worse than that of the average reasonable man. Causing someone’s death through gross negligence could be regarded as *manslaughter if the accused appreciated the risk he was taking and intended to avoid it, but showed an unacceptable degree of negligence in avoiding it.
Gross negligence in Admiralty Law
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