rule of rescue


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The perceived duty to save endangered life whenever possible
In US common law, there is no general duty to rescue (8 states have laws imposing such duties, but they are ignored by the court), unless the would-be rescuer has a special relationship with the rescuee or the would-be rescuer creates a hazardous situation that endangers the rescuee

'rule of rescue'

Medtalk The perceived duty to save endangered life whenever possible. See Coby Howard, Health care rationing. Cf Good Samaritan laws, Oregon plan.
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She said: "There is a classic rule of rescue in this country - all rush to rescue the individual.