In a personal injury case, temporal proximity between an event and a plaintiff’s injury is insufficient evidence, by itself, of causation. But temporal proximity coupled with lay testimony establishing a sequence of events that provides a strong, logically traceable connection between an event and the plaintiff’s injury may be sufficient proof of causation in some cases.

Attorneys most often cite a 1984 Texas Supreme Court case, Morgan v. Compugraphic, in support of establishing causation through temporal proximity and lay testimony. In Morgan, a secretary in good health developed breathing problems, blurred vision and headaches within days of beginning to work only inches away from a newly installed typesetting machine. The secretary’s testimony was the sole causation evidence.

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