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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

7 CMC 2804

Summary Title

Liability: Physician Giving Orders to EMT and EMT Following Orders

Summary

A physician who, in good faith, gives emergency instructions to an EMT, Advanced EMT, or paramedic at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible. An EMT, Advanced EMT, or paramedic who, in good faith and within their scope of practice, follows the physician’s instructions will also not be held legally responsible. They can both be held legally responsible if acting with carelessness.

Full Title

Statutory Liability Limitations: Physicians or Nurses Giving EMT, Advanced EMT, Paramedic

Full Text

(a) No physician who in good faith gives emergency instructions to an EMT, Advanced EMT, or paramedic, at the scene of an emergency, shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of issuing the instructions, unless such instructions are made with negligence as negligence is determined in 7 CMC § 2808 for such professionals. (b) No EMT, Advanced EMT, or paramedic rendering care within the scope of his duties who, in good faith and in a nonnegligent manner, follows the instructions of a physician shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of following such instructions.