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Law Number

La. R.S. 40:1133.13(A)

Summary Title

Liability: Emergency Medical Services Practitioner


An emergency services provider, who provides emergency medical care and follows the instructions of a physician, 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

Civil immunity

Full Text

A. (1) Any emergency medical services practitioner, licensed pursuant to the provisions of this Part who renders emergency medical care to an individual while in the performance of his medical duties and following the instructions of a physician shall not be individually liable to such an individual for civil damages as a result of acts or omissions in rendering the emergency medical care, except for acts or omissions intentionally designed to harm, or for grossly negligent acts or omissions which result in harm to such an individual. Nothing herein shall relieve the driver of the emergency vehicle from liability arising from the operation or use of such vehicle. (2) The immunity granted to emergency medical services practitioners by the provisions of this Part shall extend to parish governing authorities, police departments, sheriffs’ offices, fire departments, or other public agencies engaged in rendering emergency medical services and its insurers with respect to such emergency medical services unless the emergency medical services practitioner employed by such agencies would be personally liable under the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection.