Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

34 PNC 227

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law


An individual who, in good faith, provides emergency care at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or for 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. This section does not apply to care provided inside a health care facility.

Full Title

Good samaritans; emergency medical care rendered at scene of emergency

Full Text

No licensee, employer of a licensee, or other person, who in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency, shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of any negligent or reckless acts or omissions by the licensee or other person in rendering the emergency care. For purposes of this section, "the scene of an emergency" means (a) any place other than within a hospital or medical clinic or (b) the emergency room or similar urgent care facility of any hospital or medical clinic when immediate emergency care is needed by three or more patients for each doctor that is present.