special duty doctrine
- It's a principle exempting the general public obligation rule and making a government body accountable for damages when it owes a specific responsibility to one person that doesn't extend to the entire public
- The plaintiff invoked the special duty doctrine, arguing that the city owed her a unique responsibility due to her specific circumstances.
- According to the special duty doctrine, the government body was liable for injury as they had a distinct duty towards the harmed individual.
- Disproving the existence of a distinct commitment to the plaintiff became crucial in the case, as the special duty doctrine could have increased the government entity's responsibility.