Question: If you injure someone while rendering emergency aid to them; are you legally liable for that injury?
This is the question answered by the Texas Good Samaritan Law. One question that comes up is what happens if I break someone’s ribs while rendering CPR? Am I liable for those broken ribs?
Mark Wham addresses this in the video and article below.
Wham and Rogers, PLLC – Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyers in The Woodlands and Spring, Tx (832) 592-1108.
Am I Liable?
If you witness an injury accident, can you render aid without the risk of being sued?
If you perform CPR and you accidentally break the injured person’s ribs during the process, are you legally responsible for that injury?
The Texas Good Samaritan Law protects citizens who render aid to another person during an emergency.
CIVIL PRACTICE AND REMEDIES CODE, TITLE 4., CHAPTER 74. MEDICAL LIABILITY, SUBCHAPTER D –http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/CP/htm/CP.74.htm
Sec. 74.151. LIABILITY FOR EMERGENCY CARE. (a) A person who in good faith administers emergency care is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is wilfully or wantonly negligent, including a person who:
(1) administers emergency care using an automated external defibrillator; or
(2) administers emergency care as a volunteer who is a first responder as the term is defined under Section 421.095, Government Code.
What Does the Good Samaritan Law Promote?
This law promotes the Texas public policy of encouraging Texans to help our fellow citizens when they are in need of emergency care.
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