Q:

What is the difference between negligence and gross negligence?

A:

The difference between negligence and gross negligence is that gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary action, while simple negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care. The two differ in the degree of inattention exhibited by the perpetrator.

Negligence and gross negligence both refer to the same action and are defined as the disregard for the safety or lives of others. The major differentiation is the degree to which the disregard occurred. That degree is not quantifiable, but it is instead decided based on precedent that has been set in previous course cases. Precedent is a common means for differentiating parts of the law.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is an example of a crime of omission?

    A:

    Child neglect, manslaughter by gross negligence and failure to disclose terrorist acts are all crimes of omission. Crimes of omission occur when an individual fails to do what is required by law and someone else is harmed as a result.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can I sue someone for emotional distress?

    A:

    It is possible for a person who feels he has suffered emotional distress due to negligence or the intentional actions of another person to sue for damages, according to LegalMatch. Damages in these cases are limited to the severity of the distress as deemed by the court. Some lawyers opt not to take a case solely based on emotional distress issues since these damages are usually relatively minor.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between venue and jurisdiction?

    A:

    Jurisdiction refers to whether a court has the legal authority to hear a case, and venue refers to where a court case will be heard. In a civil case (a dispute between two parties), venue is determined by where the parties live or where the original dispute arose. In a criminal case, the venue is determined by where the alleged crime occurred.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between power and authority?

    A:

    Authority involves the duties that are delegated to an individual while power is the possession of control that allows an individual to influence the actions of others. Most individuals who are in positions of power often have some type of authority.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore