What you need to know about the Good Samaritan Law
According to law, a Good Samaritan is someone who renders his/her services in an emergency to a sick or injured person on a voluntary basis. Particularly, if a volunteer helps a person who is a stranger, the volunteer who comes to the aid is to be reasonably careful. In most of states, the volunteer is not obligated under a law because giving aid to someone is not a part of their job description. Under some circumstances where a victim who is unconscious, and a Good Samaritan can help the person under implied consent. Under the circumstances where the victim is able to respond or is conscious, it is responsibility of the Samaritan to ask for permission to help the victim.
How does the concept of Good Samaritan law work?
Samaritan law is based on the concept of gross negligence and ordinary negligence. Under ordinary negligence, the volunteer did not act as a professional health care provider. Gross negligence refers to the negligence of a volunteer who is a professional health care provider and neglects to administer help to the accepted standard of care. This negligence could be considered wanton, willful, or even malicious intent.
You are a Good Samaritan if:
- if you offer help to an injured person or a person in need of aid and that person is not known to you.
- if you are a health professional and an accident occurs and you help the person but he/she was not one of your patients.