Our courts have erected a protective legal structure around architects and engineers which has been sufficient, at least in the past, to shelter members of those two professions from any extensive liability for their misconduct. However, it would seem that this legal structure was erected on an unfirm foundation and cracks are appearing in the walls so that occasionally architects and engineers have been held legally responsible for their errors. Such responsibility has in general been confined to a liability to the person hiring the professional service. As yet there has been no case which has ruled the architect or engineer liable for a negligently caused physical injury to persons on or off the premises after the structure has been turned over to the owner.
George M. Bell,
Professional Negligence of Architects and Engineers,
12 Vanderbilt Law Review
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