83. Joint tortfeasors.

A defendant cannot excuse himself for the consequences of his misconduct by proving that the negligence of a third person contributed to the claimant's injury1. Where a claimant sues two or more defendants who are liable on account of their negligent conduct in respect of the same damage2, he will be awarded his entire damages against each defendant3. Although the court has power to apportion the damages as between the defendants4, and frequently does so, in a joint action there can be only one judgment and one assessment of damages for the claimant; and damages against joint tortfeasors cannot