Remote Cause Law and Legal Definition

Remote cause is a cause that is remote in efficiency in reference to injury or cause of loss as to be dismissed from consideration by the court. It is a speculative rather than a direct cause of injury, consequently no basis for the recovery of damages.

The following is an example of a case law on remote cause:

The legal distinction between what is proximate and what is remote is not a logical one. A remote cause is simply one which because of its having ceased to be actively efficient, or never having become actively efficient, in the result, is neglected by the court. No general test of remoteness exists. [Mahoney v. Beatman, 110 Conn. 184, 192 (Conn. 1929)].