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Law Number

D.C. Code 7-401(c)

Summary Title

Liability: Certified EMT and Paramedic


A certified EMT or paramedic who, in good faith, provides emergency care at or in transit from an emergency and pursuant to instructions from a licensed physician will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness.

Full Title

Limitation on liability for medical care or assistance in emergency situations

Full Text

(c) A certified emergency medical technician/paramedic or emergency medical technician/intermediate paramedic who, in good faith and pursuant to instructions either directly or via telecommunication from a licensed physician, renders advanced emergency medical care or assistance to an injured person at the scene of an accident or other emergency or in transit from the scene of an accident or emergency to a hospital shall not be liable in civil damages for any act or omission not constituting gross negligence in the course of rendering such advanced emergency medical care or assistance.