Evaluating the Good Samaritan

So on the one hand an inexperienced person can do just what is prohibited to do in certain situation, but on the other hand, it is timely assistance can sometimes save a human life. Attempts to resolve this problem gave rise to the “Good Samaritan Law” in the U.S. states. It is called to prevent a rescuer, who has voluntarily helped a victim, from being sued for ‘wrongdoing’, as person must not be afraid to help a stranger in need because of legal liability and claims, if he makes some mistake in treatment. It is important that from the moment when a man began to help the victim of an accident, he is up to certain limits will assume responsibility for him and the whole situation.


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