rescue doctrine

rescue doctrine
The doctrine that where one person is exposed to peril of life or limb by the negligence of another, the latter will be liable in damages for injuries received by a third person in a reasonable effort to rescue the person so imperiled. Marshall v Nugent (CA1 NH) 222 F2d 604, 58 ALR2d 251; 38 Am J1st Negl § 80. The same principle applied to injuries received in saving property exposed to peril by negligence. 38 Am J1st Negl § 81. The principle that one is justified in exposing himself to risks in the protection of human life which otherwise he could not assume without charging himself with contributory negligence. Hammonds v Haven, (Mo) 280 SW2d 914, 53 ALR2d 992. See saving property doctrine.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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