Is Lending a Helping Hand Now a Risk?

18 September 2014

The Government is concerned that people are deterred from participating in socially useful activities due to the worries about risk and being sued if anything goes wrong. . The draft Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill will affect how courts in England & Wales consider claims in negligence and breach of statutory duty. In determining the applicable standard of care, the court will consider three issues ( a)  if the person was acting for the benefit of society or ( b) demonstrating a responsible approach to protecting safety or ( c ) acting heroically be intervening in an emergency to assist an individual in danger without regard to their own safety or other interests.
 
We think this should apply to Northern Ireland - what do you think?
 

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