When someone is hurt or unconscious, for most people, their instincts tell them to help the individual in peril. However, many people are hesitant because in the event they make the situation worse, they do not want to be held liable for further injuries. For these situations, the Good Samaritan law comes into effect and another life has the potential to be saved. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
What is the Good Samaritan Law?
In Washington, according to RCW 4.24.300, a Good Samaritan is anyone who gives aid or assistance to another during an emergency without expecting to be compensated for his or her actions and who is not considered to be a medical professional. To break it down further, Good Samaritans are everyday people who help those who have been injured or are unconscious and do not expect to be paid because of it. Though this is commendable of rescuers, there are many concerns for those who help people in peril, such as will he or she be held liable for that person's further injury or death.
These concerns are valid, but in Washington you are immune from liability when you are a rescuer so long as you are not willfully negligent or reckless when you render aid. Washington state also has a 911 Good Samaritan Law whereby if a person seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug related overdose, he or she will not be charged with possession of a controlled substance. Though you may be hesitant when helping those who are in peril because you fear being held liable, there are laws in Washington that protect your Good Samaritan efforts and can help save lives.
Need Legal Advice?
When someone is fighting for his or her life, a bystander should not have to question whether to help another based on liability and criminal issues that may arise. Washington state has made it easier in these instances for those who want to help others who are in peril through the Good Samaritan Law. Under this law, you have immunity to come to the aid of others without being held liable. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you with your case.
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