Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

745 ILCS 49/45

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Physical Therapist


A licensed physical therapist 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

Physical Therapist; exemption from civil liability for emergency care

Full Text

Any physical therapist, as defined in Section 1 of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act [225 ILCS 90/1], who in good faith provides emergency care without fee to any person shall not, as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except willful and wanton misconduct on the part of the person in providing the care, be liable to a person to whom such care is provided for civil damages.