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What is Assuming a Duty?

Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney

This show brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.

On today’s episode, Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney, answers the question, "What is assuming a duty?"

When you live in a society like we do, we have to follow the rules. A lot of those are legal responsibilities or duties.

When somebody falls down, and you offer to help them up, then you assumed that responsibility to help them up without causing them to get hurt when you didn't have a legal obligation to help them.

If you assumed that duty and breached it, and that caused them to get hurt, then they may have damages and you're responsible.

The law does not require that you help that person up. When you do, you're taking on additional responsibility.

We have something called Good Samaritan Laws.

As long as your attempts to help somebody when you're assuming a duty are reasonable, then that would act as a defense to them trying to say that you were negligent if they got hurt.

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The Law for Kids Podcast brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.