substantial factor

Definition of "substantial factor"
  1. A major or noteworthy aspect that while not the sole cause of harm suffered by a plaintiff, is enough on its own to result in the harm
How to use "substantial factor" in a sentence
  1. In the lawsuit, they argued that the poor maintenance of the equipment was a substantial factor in causing the accident.
  2. The plaintiff claimed that the excessive noise in their work environment was a substantial factor in their hearing loss.
  3. The jury will decide whether the defendant's violation of safety regulations was a substantial factor in the occurrence of the plaintiff's injury.

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