Association Theory Law and Legal Definition

Association theory is a doctrine of the law of master and servant that the master will not be excused for negligence resulting in injury to one servant which is inflicted by a fellow-servant, unless the servants are so engaged and situated as that each by carefulness and attention in the performance of his/her duties may protect himself from injury caused by the negligence of the person with whom s/he is working. [Chesapeake & O. R. Co. v. Brown, 152 Ky. 479, 484 (Ky. 1913)]