good samaritan law


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good samaritan law

 
a law that provides protection against claims of malpractice for medical practitioners who render emergency care at the scene of an accident except when gross negligence or willful misconduct can be proved. Most states have passed such laws; all the laws cover doctors, and about half the laws cover nurses.

Good Samaritan law

The legal protection given to those who stop and render care in an emergency situation without expectation for remuneration. The necessity for this legislation arose when physicians who assisted in giving emergency care were later accused of malpractice by the patient.
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Not surprisingly, given the tragic outcome of this case, Martin's parents, William and Janice Beattie, of Montrose, are apprehensive about the benefits of a Good Samaritan Law, fearing that it could cost more lives than it helps save.
Without a Good Samaritan law, New Jersey faces a similar problem.
Safe Hands, a Dubai-based services company, has launched a campaign along with Fund Advisors to create awareness about the importance of first aid and the need for Good Samaritan laws in the country to reduce public hesitation in helping out during crises.
As a result of the outrage the video caused, Chinese politicians in Guangdong's major city Shenzhen passed a Good Samaritan Law in 2013 to protect those who help others.
Good Samaritan laws generally do not apply to medical professionals while "on the job," but some states extend protection to medical professionals who render emergency assistance in a hospital or other "health care setting" when such assistance is beyond the scope of their work duties.
But if that attitude is dying out we need to think about adopting the sort of good Samaritan Law they have in Germany and many other European countries.
The UAE is soon set to become the first Arab country to pass a 'Good Samaritan Law', which allows bystanders to offer aid in medical emergencies without fear of legal consequences.
He referred to Good Samaritan law and said the door staff could have put a 'ring of steel' around the victim instead of watching while he received a 'damn good hiding.'.
Chidiac to finalize the draft of the Lebanese Good Samaritan Law equivalent to submit it to the Lebanese Parliament.
However, if people are trained to assist and if the place has a Good Samaritan Law then more bystanders should come forward to help.