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Good Samaritan laws offer a legal protective net for those who assist injured and ill people in emergencies. The idea behind Good Samaritan laws is to encourage those who are capable to offer assistance when it is needed. Bystanders who can help in an emergency should not hesitate to do so because of possible legal ramifications like lawsuits or wrongful death charges. Good Samaritan laws protect them from legal repercussions, thus opening the possibility for citizens to act and help others when possible.
Good Samaritan laws differ around the world, but in the United States they are enacted to protect those who offer assistance to those in need of help. In some cases, these laws specifically protect trained medical personnel like doctors, nurses, EMTs and firefighters. The Good Samaritan Law in New York specifically states that any person with certified training in first aid, CPR or AED and acting in good faith to reasonably care voluntarily at the scene of an emergency for someone else is not liable for injuries, damages or wrongful death suffered as a result of treatment. The law also protects medical professionals who offer their assistance outside of work in emergency scenarios. Those who are protected by the state of New York include first responders and EMTs.
In order to act in good faith, you must be working under no other motivation other than to help the person in need. If you are doing it for financial gain, a promotion, or some other motivation, then your motives can be questioned and difficulties can occur. In many cases, though, there is not enough time to think of these other motivations and human nature takes over.
Knowing about the Good Samaritan Law can help you act quicker in an emergency scenario. As long as you are acting in good faith, any injuries that are acquired by the victim should not be your liability. This includes things such as injuring a person while giving them CRP (a frequent occurrence) or minor scratches and wounds while dragging someone away from a dangerous setting.
Questions about the Good Samaritan Law or any medical malpractice or personal injury case can be answered by the personal injury attorneys at Foley & Foley. We fight for those who have been injured and can’t represent themselves. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Foley & Foley for personal attention to your case and the answers you’re looking for. Foley & Foley serves clients in Geneva, Rochester, Canandaigua, Penfield and the surrounding areas. Check back to our blog for more frequently asked questions.
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