What is the effect of temporal considerations in determining causation?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from WCAT-2015-01525 (Re), 2015 CanLII 97080 (BC WCAT):

However, while temporality is a consideration, its persuasiveness in determining causation should not be overstated. Courts have cautioned against over-reliance on the nature of this unpersuasive reasoning as seen in White v. Stonestreet, 2006 BCSC 801: The inference from a temporal sequence to a causal connection, however, is not always reliable. In fact, this form of reasoning so often results in false conclusions that logicians have given it a Latin name. It is sometimes referred to as the fallacy of post hoc ergo propter hoc: “after this therefore because of this.”

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