Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

ALM GL ch. 112 12B

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Medical Professional


A registered physician, physician assistant, or nurse who, in good faith and without compensation, provides or attempts to provide emergency care outside their ordinary course of practice will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness. A physician, physician assistant, or nurse is not responsible for hospital expenses if they hospitalize a person who received emergency care. This legal protection is not limited to physicians, physician assistants, and nurses registered in Massachusetts. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Exemption from Civil Liability for Emergency Care or Treatment

Full Text

No physician duly registered under the provisions of section two, two A, nine, nine A or nine B, no physician assistant duly registered under the provisions of section nine I or his employing or supervising physician, and no nurse duly registered or licensed under the provisions of section seventy–four, seventy–four A or seventy–six, or resident in another state, in the District of Columbia or in a province of Canada, and duly registered therein, who, in good faith, as a volunteer and without fee, renders emergency care or treatment, other than in the ordinary course of his practice, shall be liable in a suit for damages as a result of his acts or omissions, nor shall he be liable to a hospital for its expenses if, under such emergency conditions, he orders a person hospitalized or causes his admission.