Some think the term "proximate cause" should be replaced with "scope of liability".
He was the proximate cause of her injury, but she hadn’t died.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
In poor countries, tb was the most common proximate cause of death among people who died with aids.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
In due time the bereaved Farfrae had learnt the, at least, proximate cause of Lucetta’s illness and death, and his first impulse was naturally enough to wreak vengeance in the name of the law upon the perpetrators of the mischief.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
This was the proximate cause, I suppose, of my dreaming about him, for what appeared to me to be half the night; and dreaming, among other things, that he had launched Mr. Peggotty’s house on a piratical expedition, with a black flag at the masthead, bearing the inscription ’Tidd’s Practice’, under which diabolical ensign he was carrying me and little Em’ly to the Spanish Main, to be drowned.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
=I know only that she had spoken with David at some earlier time, that she had construed his words of coming retribution and his mention of the control helmet he was constructing as indicating that his intentions were to become the agent of that retribution, with myself as the proximate cause.