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Do the Good Samaritan laws always protect lay responders from being sued?

Non-professionals who respond to emergencies, also called “lay responders,” rarely are sued for helping in an emergency. Good Samaritan laws protect the responder from financial responsibility.

In cases in which a lay responder’s actions were deliberately negligent or reckless or when the responder abandoned the person after starting care, the courts have ruled Good Samaritan laws do not protect the responder.

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