Original Negligence Law and Legal Definition

Original Negligence is a term pertinent to the last clear chance doctrine. It refers to the negligence of the plaintiff in placing himself in the position of peril. In order for the doctrine of last clear chance to become operative, there must have been original negligence on the part of plaintiff. [Ryans v. Blevins, 159 F. Supp. 234 (D. Del. 1958)]