A volunteer who fell off a 110-foot cliff and broke his back while searching for two missing hikers in Trabuco Canyon has settled his lawsuit against hiker Kyndall Jack.
This is an interesting personal injury claim. Hikers allegedly were reckless in setting out in an area for which they were not familiar and engaging in illicit, hallucinogenic drug use. The plaintiff was injured when he fell off a cliff and broke his back in an attempt to rescue the hikers. California tort law has a provision commonly known as the “rescue doctrine”, which provides for recovery by a rescuer against those persons he or she rescues if the person rescued negligently caused their own peril.