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Liability

Title

Profession

Summary

Liability: Donation of Prepared Food

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, organization, or restaurant, who donates perishable or prepared food to an organization which operates a on premise feeding program, will not be held legally responsible for damages as a result of the food. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: PRC Compassion, Inc

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

PRC Compassion, Inc., or an employee or volunteer of PRC Compassion, Inc., who, voluntarily, provide evacuation assistance or services in advance of a hurricane or tropical store or provides disaster relief or recovery services related to a declared state of emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Assistance or Advice at Request of Government

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, a person, corporation, or an employee of a corporation, who provides assistance or advice at the request of the state or a political subdivision, will not be held legally responsible for damage or injury to a person or property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Health Care Provider During Public Health Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, a health care provider who provides their services will not be held legally responsible for damage or injury to a person or property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Volunteer Firefigter

Firefighter,

A volunteer firefighter, who provides firefighting emergency or rescue services at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian

Veterinarian,

A veterinarian who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care to an animal at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, Ambulance, or Rescue Squad Member

Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter, Law Enforcement,

A firefighter, law enforcement officer, or ambulance or rescue squad member, who provides emergency care, first aid, or rescue at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Performance of Contract

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, a person, corporation, or an employee of a corporation, who performs their contract with the state or a political subdivision, will not be held legally responsible for damage or injury to a person or property. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Providing Shelter

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, a person owning or controlling real estate, who, voluntarily and without compensation, allows it to be used to shelter people, will not be held legally responsible for death, injury, or damage to a person's property while on their real estate.

Liability: Pharmacist

Pharmacist,

A pharmacist who, voluntarily, provides their services at a community pharmacy will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible for acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Architect, Professional Engineer, or Professional Land Surveyor

Other Volunteer,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, an architect, professional engineer, or professional land surveyor who, in good faith and without compensation, provides their services at the request of a government official will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc.

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

The Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. or it employees or volunteers, who, voluntarily, provide evacuation assistance or services in advance of a hurricane or tropical store or provides disaster relief or recovery services related to a declared state of emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Health Care Provider

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A health care provider who provides their services while evacuating, sheltering, transportation, or repopulation of a health care facililty, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Nonprofit Director, Officer, Trustee, or Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A director, officer, trustee, or volunteer worker of a nonprofit organization, who, in good faith and within their scope of duties, implements policy or manages affairs, will not be held legally responsible for damages. They can be held legally responsible for acting with intent to cause harm.

Liability: Mandated Emergency Medical Services

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A society or organization that is mandated to participate without compensation in an emergency services system, and its members who provide administrative or donated services, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with intent to cause harm.

Liability: Administration of Naloxone

Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter, Law Enforcement,

A first responder, law enforcement agency, or fire department who, is directly or by a standing order prescribed naloxone by a licensed health care provider and who, in good faith, administers naloxone, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible is acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Dentist

Dentist,

A dentist, who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Medical Personnel During Declared Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a medical personnel who, in good faith, provides emergency care, health services, or first aid, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law: Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician,

A licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Volunteer Health Practitioner

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a volunteer health practitioner who provides health services or a person who relies on information provided by a volunteer health practitioner registration system will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness, intent to cause harm, or breaches a contract. This section does not apply when the action relates to the operation of a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle.

Liability: Physician Instructions to Emergency Medical Practitioner

Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional,

A physician who gives instructions to an emergency medical practitioner to provide emergency care will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness.

Liability: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster who voluntarily provides evacuation assistance or services in advance of a hurricane or tropical storm or who provides disaster relief or recovery services related to a declared state of emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Emergency Medical Services Practitioner

Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter, Law Enforcement,

An emergency services provider, who provides emergency medical care and follows the instructions of a physician, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Good Samaritan Law

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who, voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care, first aid, or rescue at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. This section does not apply when the person providing care has a business relationship with the person receiving the care. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: Louisiana Emergency Response Network

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A licensed or certified person, who, in good faith, follows applicable protocols by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Catholic Charities

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A member or volunteer of Catholic Charities who, voluntarily, provide evacuation assistance or services in advance of a hurricane or tropical store or provides disaster relief or recovery services related to a declared state of emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Donation of Food

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual or organization, that donates food or a food bank that distributes the food at no charge, will not be held legally responsible for the condition of the food. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Liability: Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who provides aid under the intrastate mutual aid system, will be considered an agent of the requesting political subdivision and will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. This section is limited to the intrastate mutual aid system.

Good Samaritan Law: Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Services Professional,

A licensed emergency medical technician, who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care at the scene of an emergency, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Liability: American Red Cross Volunteer

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An American Red Cross volunteer, who, in good faith, provides emergency services, will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. This section does not apply if they do not follow American Red Cross policies and procedures or were not properly supervised.

License Reciprocity

Title

Profession

Summary

License Reciprocity: Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician

Veterinarian,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state licensed veterinarian or veterinarian technician can provide uncompensated care in Louisiana if they are engaged in a legitimate relief effort and follow the scope of practice of Louisiana licensed veterinarian or veterinarian technician

License Reciprocity: Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An individual, who holds a license, certificate, or permit for professional, mechanical, or other skills issued by Louisiana or by a responding entity, is considered to be licensed, certified, or permitted in the requesting jurisdiction for the duration of the emergency. This section is limited to the intrastate mutual aid system.

Volunteer License: Physician or Physician Assistant

Other Medical Professional, Physician,

The Board of Medicine can waive fees and costs for the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of a license, certificate, registration, or permit for a physician or physician assistant who will practice without compensation and voluntarily.

License Reciprocity: Volunteer Health Practitioner

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, a volunteer health practitioner, registered with a registration system and in good standing in the state of their license, can practice is Louisiana.

Scope of Practice: Volunteer Health Practitioner During Declared Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, the Department of Health and Hospitals can limit or change volunteer health practitioners' scope of practice, areas they can practice, and the type of practitioners allowed to practice.

License Reciprocity: Out-of-State Licensed Medical Professional Good Samaritan

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An out-of-state licensed medical professional, who, in good faith and voluntarily, provides or arranges emergency care at the scene of an emergency will not be violating Louisiana licensing requirements.

Scope of Practice

Title

Profession

Summary

License Reciprocity: Veterinarian or Veterinarian Technician

Veterinarian,

When a public health emergency declaration is in effect, an out-of-state licensed veterinarian or veterinarian technician can provide uncompensated care in Louisiana if they are engaged in a legitimate relief effort and follow the scope of practice of Louisiana licensed veterinarian or veterinarian technician

Scope of Practice: Volunteer Health Practitioner During Declared Emergency

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

When an emergency declaration is in effect, the Department of Health and Hospitals can limit or change volunteer health practitioners' scope of practice, areas they can practice, and the type of practitioners allowed to practice.

Scope of Practice: Physician Assistant

Other Medical Professional, Physician,

A physician assistant, who is providing their services during life-threatening emergencies or disasters, is not required to follow physician supervising requirements. A physician assistant who volunteers with a nonprofit organization is not required to be supervised by their supervising physician but by a licensed physician who is present.

Scope of Practice: Volunteer Health Practitioner

Other Medical Professional, Nurse, Physician, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An out-of-state licensed volunteer health practitioner, who is in the state to provide aid, must follow the scope of practice of a similarly licensed practitioner in Louisiana. This does not allow a practitioner to provide services outside of their personal scope of practice. The Department of Health and Hospitals can modify or restrict the services a volunteer health practitioner can provide.

Workers' Benefits

Title

Profession

Summary

Workers' Compensation: Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

An employee or volunteer, who provides intrastate assistance to another jurisdiction and is injured or killed, is entitled to workers' compensation as they would receive in their home jurisdiction. This section is limited to the intrastate mutual aid system.

Workers' Benefits: Public Employee Leave

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A public employee, who is a disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross, is entitled to leave with regular pay and without loss to seniority, pay vacation time, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulation to participate in disaster relief operations upon request of American Red Cross and approval of the employing agency. This is limited to 15 work days in a 12 month period either consecutively or nonconsecutively .

Workers' Benefits: Public Employee Volunteer Leave Notification

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A public employee must notify their employing agency regarding leave of absence due to their requested services by the American Red Cross. The notification must include the following: (1) Certification the employee that he is a Trained Disaster Volunteer (2) The nature and location of the disaster (3) The anticipated duration of leave (4) The type of service to be provide to the American Red Cross (5) The identity and title of the supervising official of the American Red Cross unit (6) A written request for the employee’s services from an official of the American Red Cross

Workers' Benefits: First Responder Leave

Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Firefighter, Law Enforcement,

An employee who leaves their employment to perform their duties as a first responder will be considered on temporary leave of absence and will need to follow their employer's policy regarding such leave.

Workers' Benefits: Certified Volunteer Firefighter

Firefighter,

A certified volunteer firefighter employed by the state is entitled to leave, work related benefits, and employment when returning from an absence due to their emergency response duties.

Workers' Benefits: Public Employee Reinstatement

Other Medical Professional, Other Volunteer, Nurse, Physician, Emergency Medical Services Professional, Governmental Public Health Official, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Veterinarian, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Mental or Behavioral Health Professional,

A public employee, who was granted leave to participate in disaster relief services, is entitled to their previous position of employment when they have given 24 hours notice to their supervisor and have provided written certification from their supervising official from the American Red Cross.

Workers' Compensation: Volunteer Firefighter

Firefighter,

A volunteer firefighter, who is injured or killed while participating in normal functions of the fire company, is entitled to workers' compensation through the state fire marshal's workers' compensation insurance.