Liability and the Standares of Care

by John C. Peck, Prof. of Law; University of Kansas Law School, Lawrence, KS 66045,
Wyatt A. Hoch, Partner; Foulston, Siefkin, Powers & Eberhardt, 700 4th Financial Center, Broadway at Douglas, Wichita, KS,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 11, Pg. 70

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: While product liability is becoming more closely defined, structure liability is not. Determining an engineer's liability in the event of a design error is becoming more complicated by advances in technology that are not easily assimilated into practice. Minimal competence isn't satisfactory; structural engineers should be held to higher standards. A standard of care is needed that reflects advances in knowledge but stops short of strict liability.

Subject Headings: Liability | Standards and codes | Engineers |

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