Proximate cause occurs when there is an unbroken chain of events resulting in a loss or the sufficient cause of loss or damage. Proximate cause is whatever sets off the chain of events that cause a loss, and without it, the injury would not have occurred. The proximate cause of a loss is the primary cause of failure. Without a proximate cause, the event that caused the damage would not have happened. Those who are responsible for the proximate cause can be held liable for the loss incurred. Proximate cause is the primary cause of injury.
To establish that one persons actions toward another were negligent and caused injury or damage, the negligent act and the damage must be tied together. If there was no intervening cause and the negligent act led directly to the loss in an unbroken sequence of events, the negligent act was the proximate cause of loss.