Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

745 ILCS 49/35

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Emergency Care by Professional or Practical Nurse


A licensed professional or practical nurse 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

Nurses; exemption from civil liability for

Full Text

Any person licensed as a professional nurse or as a practical nurse in Illinois or 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 her or his acts or omissions, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the person, in providing the care, be liable for civil damages.