Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2016)
Do the emergency services have a duty of care towards individual members of the public? A critique under the English tort law
Author(s): Md. Salahuddin Mahmud, Md. Shafiqur Rahman
Abstract: Duty of care refers to the circumstances and relationships which the law recognises as giving rise to a legal duty to take care. The emergency services exist to assist members of the public who are in serious and immediate danger but in certain circumstances some of them also bear legal responsibility if they fail to fulfil their obligations. A failure to fulfil the obligations can result in the emergency services being liable to pay damages to a party who is injured or suffers loss as a result of their breach of duty of care. In this article we have discussed the duty of care of the police, the fire brigade, the coastguard and the ambulance service towards individual members of the public as a part of emergency services in the light of English tort law. We have also discussed the extent of the duty of care of these emergency services and their legal responsibilities. In this article doctrinal research method has been applied.