Sunday, November 6, 2011 3:02:15 PM
The laws on suing people who help you are counterproductive. They are a major deterrent to necessary assistance. In China, if someone is killed, they arrest whoever is closest. So people skedaddle.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 6:52:56 AM
Take UK Tort law for instance I have no legal obligation to help someone. If there is a toddler fallen over on the floor in a puddle and it is drowning. If I sit back ,watch and laugh my head off, legally nothing wrong with it. Yet if I tried to help but I'm a massive idiot and do something that`s not reasonable boot the child in the ribs flipping it over for instance then yes you`d be responsible for the cracked ribs even though you saved the child`s life. Conversely if I carefully pick the toddler up and say it had a bone deficiency you break its arm you wouldn`t be liable because it was a reasonable way to help.
When you hear about court cases etc and often think that`s a dratting stupid decision from some judges it often isn`t. The public never has the full story or all the facts and it gets simplified down to be a stupid decision.