Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

CRS 13-21-108(1)

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law


An individual who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency care at the scene of an emergency to a person who is not currently their patient 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 emergency care is provided by a physician or surgeon to a current patient of the physician or surgeon and there is a duty to act. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Persons rendering emergency assistance exempt from civil liability

Full Text

(1) Any person licensed as a physician and surgeon under the laws of the state of Colorado, or any other person, who in good faith renders emergency care or emergency assistance to a person not presently his patient without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident, including a health care institution as defined in section 13-64-202 (3), shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions made in good faith as a result of the rendering of such emergency care or emergency assistance during the emergency, unless the acts or omissions were grossly negligent or willful and wanton. This section shall not apply to any person who renders such emergency care or emergency assistance to a patient he is otherwise obligated to cover.