Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

12 V.S.A. 519

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law


An individual who recognizes that another person's life is in grave danger must provide reasonable assistance or care to that person as long as such assistance or care does not create further risk of harm. They will not be held legally responsible for providing reasonable assistance or care without compensation. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or if refusing to provide reasonable assistance or care. They can be fined up to $100 for refusing to provide reasonable assistance or care. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Emergency medical care

Full Text

(a) A person who knows that another is exposed to grave physical harm shall, to the extent that the same can be rendered without danger or peril to himself or without interference with important duties owed to others, give reasonable assistance to the exposed person unless that assistance or care is being provided by others. (b) A person who provides reasonable assistance in compliance with subsection (a) of this section shall not be liable in civil damages unless his acts constitute gross negligence or unless he will receive or expects to receive remuneration. Nothing contained in this subsection shall alter existing law with respect to tort liability of a practitioner of the healing arts for acts committed in the ordinary course of his practice. (c) A person who willfully violates subsection (a) of this section shall be fined not more than $ 100.00.