Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

745 ILCS 49/25

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Physician


A licensed physician who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency care 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

Physicians; exemption from civil liability for emergency care

Full Text

Any person licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 [225 ILCS 60/1 et seq.] or any person licensed to practice the treatment of human ailments in any other state or territory of the United States who, in good faith, provides emergency care without fee to a person, shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the person, in providing the care, be liable for civil damages.