rescue doctrineTorts. The principle that a tortfeasor who negligently endangered a person is liable for injuries to someone who reasonably attempted to rescue the person in danger.
? The rationale for this doctrine is that an attempted rescue of someone in danger is always foreseeable. Thus, if the tortfeasor is negligent toward the rescuee, the tortfeasor is also negligent toward the rescuer.
¡ª Also termed danger-invites-rescue doctrine. Cf. EMERGENCY DOCTRINE; GOOD SAMARITAN DOCTRINE. [Cases: Negligence 510(3). C.J.S. Negligence ¡ì¡ì 240, 317.]