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What happens if someone gets injured when I am giving first aid?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In rare cases, first aid may be administered improperly and actually cause more damage - such as moving a person with a neck injury and causing paralysis. In some places, you may be protected by the Good Samaritan law, which means that if you were making your best effort to try to provide emergency assistance, you cannot be held responsible. In other places and situations, however, you may not be covered under this law and could be sued for damages. That's why it's important to only provide first aid in emergencies if you are trained and feel comfortable with the situation. If you are unsure of yourself, call 911 and follow the emergency operator's instructions.

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