Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

La.R.S. 37:1731(E)

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Emergency Medical Technician


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.

Full Title

Gratuitous service at scene of emergency; emergency care at hospitals; limitation of liability

Full Text

E. (1) No emergency medical technician who in good faith gratuitously renders emergency care or services at the scene of an emergency to a person or persons in need thereof shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission in rendering the care or services or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the person involved in the emergency. (2) For purposes of this Section, “emergency medical technician” means a certified first responder as defined in R.S. 40:1231(10) and a certified emergency medical technician as defined in R.S. 40:1231(3), (4), or (5).