Are you a Good Samaritan?

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    Are you a Good Samaritan? Are you willing to help your fellow man out in a bad situation?

    You know, pulling someone from a burning car. Performing CPR after someone has a heart attack. Doing mouth to mouth on a drowning person. Someone has fallen and you help them up. Someone is choking and you do the hymlic manover. You know that kind of thing, just being a nice person helping someone out.

    In doing that are you willing to give up everything you have? Loose your home and all of your savings?

    Be careful about this false security many you have about the Good Samaritan Law. There is no such thing.

    Next time you come across one of your fellow man in trouble, think twice before helping. Unless that is you get it in writing that they want your help and absolve you of any liability.

    So bottom line is don’t help anyone unless you are willing to accept the possibility to lose your shirt in the process.
     
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    There are a number of states that have good samaritan laws which protect the good samaritan from civil liability in the event they inadvertantly injure someone while trying to help them. There are a number of states that do not.

    California's good samaritan law protects good samaritans who are "rendering emergency aid" to a victim of an accident. The California Supremes recently interpreted that phrase as meaning that only good samaritans who are rendering emergency MEDICAL aid will be protected by the law. That means a GS who injures a victim while pulling them out of a burning car, CAN be sued by the victim. (Thank you, Syrenn, for providing this information to me originally.)

    I would say you should be aware of what the law is in your state on this particular issue and be guided accordingly. Of course, I don't know about you or anyone else, but I doubt there are few of us out there who wouldn't try to help another person if we could.
     
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    They can sue me if they want, but unless they find out where I hid the money I don't have they won't collect.
     
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    Well I took a five week First Aid class, I am a nurses aid, and I take care of a guy who will probably dies within three weeks. So I guess my answer is yes! Plus it is my job to do life saving procedures if need be. If some of clients cases they are on Hospice, so I just make them comfortable.
     
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    Good smaritan Laws will protect you, as long you help within reason. If you try to preform heart surgery on a person without being a doctor, the law will not protect you.
     
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    And out on the street? Say you come across someone, what then?
     
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    If you look anything like your avatar in real life, you could sure make me feel comfortable . . . :eusa_whistle:

    But seriously - good for you! I have a great deal of respect and gratitude for one who does what you do.
     
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    Yes I would, and I wouldn't care less if they sued me. For one I have nothing, I rent, and I owe on my car. Plus it wouldn't matter, I am not going to let someone die if can do something about it. You think I would be in line of work I am, if I could let someone die?
    What if they wouldn't sue you, and you let them die?
     
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    In California, she would probably be OK, because she would be (presumably) providing emergecy MEDICAL aid.

    Query, however: Suppose, in California, a medical doctor was merely pulling someone out of a burning vehicle, even as you or I could do. Serious spinal injury results. The victim was unconscious, so the doc couldn't ask him about any injuries prior to pulling him out and, in any event, there wouldn't have been enough time.
     
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    Totally agree. As I said earlier, I think most of us wouldn't think twice about helping another if we could.

    If the bastard then sued me, I might SHOOT HIM, but that's another issue . . .
     
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