Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Good Samaritan Act
Good Samaritan Act: Law that prevents lawsuits against medical personnel attending to emergency.
Good Samaritan Act: The idea of a Good Samaritan Act in the law is one that avoids or limits liability of certain people under certain circumstances. A common purpose is to remove liability for emergency medical staff, such as ambulance officers, doctors, and nurses, in the care for medical emergencies. These laws resolve the problem of medical personnel being reluctant to attend to emergency medical care because of the high risk of medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuits that would occur if the person died or suffered a poor medical outcome.
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