eggshell skull

eggshell skull
A legal rule that a person who causes injury is at fault for all the consequences whether foreseen or not. It is derived from a situation in which a light blow to the head killed an individual, even though it could not have been predicted that such a blow would cause death.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

eggshell skull
n. A principle of tort law for which a tortfeasor is responsible, even for the unforeseeable results of his or her wrongful act; the term derives from a case in which a light blow to the head killed an individual, thereby subjecting the hitter to liability, even though one would not have expected serious injury or death from the force of the blow.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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