Imminent-Peril Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Imminent-Peril Doctrine is a principle that allows people to act in critical situations that call for quick action without danger of recrimination. It exempts a person from the ordinary standard of reasonable care if that person acted instinctively to meet a sudden and urgent need for aid. For example, a person does cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a heart attack victim and in so doing breaks several of the victim's ribs. According to the doctrine the person will not be liable for the injuries caused as it was done to meet an urgent need for aid. Imminent-Peril Doctrine is also called Emergency Doctrine.