Good Samaritan Laws

January 19, 2023

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have some type of Good Samaritan Law. The details of the Good Samaritan Laws/Acts vary by jurisdiction, including who is protected from liability. Similar provisions exist to protect responders acting in good faith.

What is the purpose of Good Samaritan Laws?

  • They offer limited protection to someone who attempts to help a person in distress.
  • They are written to encourage bystanders to get involved in emergency situations without fear that they will be sued if their actions inadvertently contribute to a person's injury or death.

The responser is not liable for any harm to the person assisted, as long as...

the responder acts rationally and in accordance with their level of training. A responder is never legally compelled to take risks to aid another person.

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