res ipsa loquitur
- A Latin phrase which implies that the negligence of a defendant is presumed if an accident occurs under their control and could only have resulted from negligence, and the plaintiff didn't contribute to it
- Under the principle of res ipsa loquitur, the falling of bricks from the controlled construction site indicated the contractor's negligence.
- Despite no one having witnessed the accident, res ipsa loquitur, allowed the court to assume the driver's negligence after his unattended car rolled down the hill.
- The injured party invoked the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, asserting the company's negligence was the only explanation for the scaffold collapse.