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Law Number

745 ILCS 49/71

Summary Title

Liability: Emergency Care during Evacuation of Building


An individual who, in good faith and without compensation, provides emergency care at the scene of an emergency that requires the evacuation of a building 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.

Full Title

Exemption from civil liability in emergencies requiring building evacuation

Full Text

Any person who in good faith provides emergency care, without fee or compensation, to any person at the scene of an emergency that necessitates the evacuation of a building 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 emergency care, be liable to a person to whom such emergency care is provided for civil damages. This Section shall apply to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly [P.A. 96-1169].