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What are Good Samaritan laws?

Good Samaritan laws were developed to encourage people to help others in emergency situations.
  • They require the “Good Samaritan” to use common sense and a reasonable level of skill and to give only the type of emergency care for which he or she is trained. 
  • They assume each person would do his or her best to save a life or prevent further injury. 
  • Good Samaritan laws usually protect citizens who act the same way that a reasonable and prudent person would if that person were in the same situation.

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