Culpa Lata Law and Legal Definition
Culpa lata means gross or wanton fault, or neglect. The word culpa can be applied to acts of commission and omission in both tort and contract cases. The term implies failure to perform a legally imposed duty, or negligence.
Gross negligence amounts to an intentional tort. Culpa lata is an extremely careless action or an omission that is willful or reckless. The action or omission should be in disregard of the safety or property of another.