good Samaritan laws

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Legislation enacted in some jurisdictions, e.g., states within the United States, to protect health workers and others from legal action for damages if there is an untoward outcome when they go to the aid of critically ill or injured persons outside of a medical setting. Good Samaritan laws also usually specify that there is no duty or obligation of bystanders to render assistance, even if they are professionally qualified to do so.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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