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What is Contributory Negligence?

Contributory negligence is an antiquated legal doctrine that, unfortunately, remains alive and well in Virginia and North Carolina (two of only four states that still have it). Contributory negligence bars a victim from seeking recovery through a personal injury claim if it is determined that the victim contributed, even only slightly, to the accident that caused their injury. Kevin Duffan and Rick Shapiro, two Norfolk personal injury attorneys discuss further.  


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