Vicarious Liability

Vicarious Liability definition

/vɪˈkɛːrɪəs,vʌɪˈkɛːrɪəs/ /lʌɪəˈbɪlɪti/

What does Vicarious Liability mean?

Vicarious liability is the liability of a defendant for the acts of another person. It is often described as a strict liability because the defendant does not need to be blameworthy.

Vicarious Liability explained

The relationship that will most often give rise to vicarious liability is that of employer and employee. However, vicarious liability can exist where the relationship between the defendant and wrongdoer is akin to employment. There must also be a sufficiently close connection between that relationship and the wrongdoer's conduct to make it right for the defendant to be held liable. Liability is capable of extending to intentional wrongdoing.

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