Georgia has a law found at O.C.G.A. § 51-1-29 which protects any person, including medical professionals, from liability when rendering emergency care in good faith at the scene of an accident or emergency to a victim. This statute is typically referred to as a "Good Samaritan Law," and it encourages people to give aid to accident victims.
The intent of the law is to allow people in Georgia to be able to render care and aid to accident victims and victims of other emergencies without fear of a future lawsuit for some mistake that is made. In other words, it encourages the giving of help by shielding Good Samaritans from liability.
The full text of O.C.G.A. § 51-1-29 reads as follows:
"(a) Any person, including any person licensed to practice medicine and surgery pursuant to Article 2 of Chapter 34 of Title 43 and any person licensed to render services ancillary thereto, who in good faith renders emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency to the victims thereof without making any charge therefor shall not be liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering emergency care or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person.
(b) As used in this Code section, the term "emergency care" shall include, but shall not be limited to, the rescue or attempted rescue of an incapacitated or endangered individual from a locked motor vehicle."
When a person in Georgia is injured in a car accident, trucking accident, or any type of emergency, people can render aid on scene as Good Samaritans and the law shields them from a future lawsuit.
If you or a loved one have been injured in car or truck accident in Georgia, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury and wrongful death lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.