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Law Number

745 ILCS 49/55

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Respiratory Care Practitioner


A licensed respiratory care practitioner who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency care at the scene of an accident or disaster 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. Generally, Good Samaritan laws only offer protection for those individuals who provide care during spontaneous emergencies unrelated to volunteer deployment.

Full Title

Respiratory care practitioner; exemption from civil liability for emergency care

Full Text

A person licensed under the Respiratory Care Practice Act [225 ILCS 106/1 et seq.] or any person licensed as a respiratory care practitioner in another state or territory, who in good faith provides emergency care, without a fee, to a victim of an accident at the scene of an accident or to a victim of a natural disaster, including but not limited to an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, nuclear attack, or other similar emergency, shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except for willful or wanton misconduct in providing care, be liable for civil damages.