Afterwards, Taylor orally promised to compensate Harrington for her injury. Is Taylor’s promise enforceable? Explain.
Taylor assaulted his wife, who then took refuge in Ms. Harrington’s house. The next day, Mr. Taylor entered the house and began another assault on his wife, who knocked him down and, while he was lying on the floor, attempted to cut his head open or decapitate him with an ax. Harrington intervened to stop the bloodshed, and the ax, as it was descending, fell upon her hand, mutilating it badly, but sparing Taylor his life. Afterwards, Taylor orally promised to compensate Harrington for her injury. Is Taylor’s promise enforceable? Explain.
Consideration is something which is exchanged for a promise. The promise for being bound must be legally detrimental to one party and legally beneficial to other.
In this case,Individual H may not be able to sue Individual T for detriment as Individual H voluntarily saved Individual T's life. Individual T neither forced nor restrained Individual H from performing the act. It was Individual H's humanitarian behavior. For this reason, Individual T may compensateas courtesy but is not legally obligated to compensate.
Individual T's promise to compensate forIndividual H's suffering can be a moral obligation but not a legal obligation.As a result, the promise cannot be imposed upon Individual T..