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What can keep someone from helping in an emergency?

Being faced with an emergency may bring out mixed feelings. While wanting to help, you also may feel hesitant or may want to back away from the situation.

The most common reasons include:
  • Panic or fear of doing something wrong
  • Being unsure of the person’s condition and what to do
  • Assuming someone else will take action
  • The type of injury or illness
  • Fear of catching a disease
  • Fear of being sued
  • Being unsure of when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number

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