Modified-Comparative-Negligence Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Modified comparative negligence doctrine is a legal principle whereby the negligence is apportioned in accordance with the percentage of fault that the fact-finder assigns to each party. According to this doctrine the plaintiff's recovery will be reduced by the percentage of negligence assigned to the plaintiff. In some states the plaintiff’s recovery is barred if the plaintiff's percentage of fault is 50% or more. For example, the accident victim must be less than 50% responsible for the accident in order to recover damages. This is also known as 50 percent rule.