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What are Good Samaritan Laws?

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What are Good Samaritan Laws?




Good Samaritan laws were created to protect people who offer aid to someone who is injured, sick, or in physical danger. Specifically, these laws provide legal protection from liability if you unintentionally cause harm to someone you give assistance to when they are in distress. The term “Good Samaritan” comes from a New Testament parable about a traveler who is ambushed by bandits, robbed and beaten, and left half dead on the side of the road. One man and then another come upon the wounded man, but both pass by on the other side of the road, not wanting to get involved. A third passerby sees the injured man and promptly treats his wounds, takes him to an inn, and pays for the man’s stay while he recuperates. From this parable, we now have the modern term Good Samaritan which is synonymous with “a charitable or helpful person,” according to…



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