Good Samaritan Law: Medical Professional
A medical professional, who, in good faith and without compensation, provides 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.
Physicians, physician’s assistant, licensed practical nurse, or licensed EMS provider rendering emergency care or determining fitness to engage in competitive sports; liability for acts or omissions; definitions.
(1) A physician, physician’s assistant, registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, or licensed EMS provider who in good faith renders emergency care without compensation at the scene of an emergency, if a physician-patient relationship, physician’s assistant-patient relationship, registered professional nurse-patient relationship, licensed practical nurse-patient, or licensed EMS provider-patient relationship did not exist before the emergency, is not liable for civil damages as a result of acts or omissions by the physician, physician’s assistant, registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, licensed EMS provider in rendering the emergency care, except acts or omissions that amount to gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.