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Law Number

42 Pa.C.S.A 8331.3

Summary Title

Liability: Providing Aid to Crime Victim


An individual who obtains or provides assistance, or attempts to do so, to a crime victim 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.

Full Title

Criminal Victim Aid Good Samaritan Civil Immunity

Full Text

(a) General rule.--Any person who provides or obtains or attempts to provide or obtain assistance for a victim of a personal injury crime at the scene of the personal injury crime or attempted personal injury crime shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions in providing or obtaining or attempting to provide or obtain assistance, except any acts or omissions intentionally designed to harm or any acts or omissions that constitute gross negligence or willful, wanton or reckless conduct. (b) Definitions.--The terms “personal injury crime” and “victim” shall have the same meanings given to them in section 103 of the act of November 24, 1998 (P.L. 882, No. 111), known as the Crime Victims Act.