The person in the booth behind you at a restaurant starts to choke. Should you help? You have just witnessed a pretty volatile accident on the freeway and people may be trapped inside their car. Do you try to pull them out? We have all heard stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to save lives, but in emergency situations the question of involvement could involve safety and liability.
The United States Good Samaritan laws protect bystanders who attempt to render aid in emergency situations from facing blame. The purpose of the laws is to the reduce hesitation to act in a life threatening emergency.
The Good Samaritan law does not apply to caretaker relationships, i.e. a parent-child or doctor-patient relationship, or to those who are responsible for the existence of the illness of injury. In the state of Wisconsin, no person is required to give aid of any sort to a victim. Any first aid that is provided must not be done in exchange for financial compensation, which means that typically medical professionals are excluded from this protection also.
The responder is not legally liable for the death, disfigurement, or disability of the victim as long as he or she acted rationally, in good faith, and in accordance with his or her level or training.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to someone’s reckless behavior or gross negligence, you need to be aware of your rights. You may be eligible recover damages for all or most of the losses you suffered.
Contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700 for a free initial consultation. We are ready to represent your rights.