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Law Number

745 ILCS 49/60

Summary Title

Good Samaritan Law: Veterinarian


A licensed veterinarian who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency care to a human at the scene of an emergency 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

Veterinarians; exemption from civil liability for emergency care to humans

Full Text

Any person licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 [225 ILCS 115/1 et seq.] or any person licensed as a veterinarian in any other state or territory of the United States who in good faith provides emergency care to a human victim of an accident, at the scene of an accident or in a catastrophe shall not be liable for civil damages as a result of his or her acts or omissions, except for willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the person in providing the care.