A Bundle of Blogs: On assessing the standard of care

I thought to gather these blogs together after drafting the most recent one on ‘Multi-expertise…’ I realized again that assessing the standard of care is usually not easy and, regardless the ease, it’s always a responsible task.

There’s a lot of my explanation and thought on this in the following blogs, and reference material with the views of others accompanying the blogs.

  1. Multi-expertise is sometimes needed when assessing the standard of care and what a “reasonable person” would do. Posted July 29, 2022 I don’t think it’s a surprise that some tasks in most fields need input from more than one area of expertise or skill. This is obvious enough with a catastrophic failure in the built environment. It’s fairly obvious in some accidents causing personal injury like a nail gun accident. It’s not so much in more humble problems like that involving component failure, a house deck failure or the not-so-glamourous ground. I thought to illustrate this need for multi-expertise with this blog on two examples of humble problems.
  2. What happened to the “standard of care” – the degree of care that a reasonable person should exercise? Posted June 22, 2021 This blog was prompted by a newspaper report of a building failure in Ottawa. There seemed to be glaring absences of “reasonable people” at several stages in development of this structure.
  3. How the standard of care is determined when a failure or accident occurs in the built environment. Update. Posted October 30, 2020 This blog was updated to comment on the determination of the standard of care in an area that has not adopted the National Building Code (NBC). The NBC is a minimum standard for construction in the built environment. As such, it would be considered in what a reasonable person would do. This is a brief blog drawing attention to the issue noted in Blog #5 below. To be truthful, I’m not sure why I wasted your time with this blog; it’s all explained in Blog #5
  4. Is there a case for a multi standard of care? No. Posted June 27, 2019 This is a good read, informative, insightful and perhaps a tad funny in the odd spot. Also, some good reading in the References and Appendix.
  5. How the standard of care is determined when a failure or accident occurs in the built environment. Posted June 28, 2014 This is also a good and comprehensive read with recent updates and lots of References

(Posted by Eric E. Jorden, M.Sc., P.Eng. Consulting Professional Engineer, Forensic Engineer, Geotechnology Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. August 12, 2022 ejorden@eastlink.ca)   

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