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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

S.D. Codified Laws 20-9-3

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Licensed Medical Practitioner


A licensed medical practitioner who, in good faith, provides emergency care at the scene of an emergency will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Liability of licensed medical practitioners for emergency medical services rendered

Full Text

No physician, surgeon, osteopath, physician assistant, registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, licensed under the provisions of chapters 36-4, 36-4A and 36-9, who in good faith renders, in this state, emergency care at the scene of the emergency, shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions by such person rendering the emergency care.