The Rescue Doctrine

November 1, 2021

By: Laura M. Martinez

Colorado Lawyer

View Full Article

The rescue doctrine allows a person injured while rescuing another to bring a negligence claim against the party whose conduct created the need for rescue. Though well-developed nationally, the doctrine was minimally developed in Colorado until the Colorado Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Garcia v. Colorado Cab Co., where the Court held that physical intervention is not necessary to qualify as a rescuer under the rescue doctrine. This holding is consistent with rulings nationwide that seek to ensure that persons attempting to help someone in a genuine emergency can recover for injuries incurred during the rescue. This full Colorado Lawyer article discusses the development and current state of the rescue doctrine in Colorado. 

Read the full article here

PDF File View as PDF