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Florida Good Samaritan Laws

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on June 11, 2018

When a person witnesses another person suffer grave injury, there is a natural inclination to help. However, in recent years, many people have come under fire for unintentionally injuring the people they meant to help. For this reason, many states have enacted “Good Samaritan” laws to protect people who act in good faith to help others.

The Fiol Law Group has a very successful track record of cases in Central Florida, and our team hasn’t lost a single case in the last two years. We want residents of Tampa, Orlando, and the rest of Florida to know we are available for representation in the event of a “Good Samaritan” issue. If you attempted to offer aid to a person and that person turns around and attempts to take legal action against you, we can help.

A good Samaritan administering aid to an injured person

What is Florida’s Good Samaritan Act?

Modern Good Samaritan Laws derive their name from the Biblical fable of a Samaritan who comes to the aid of a man attacked by bandits. Our modern Good Samaritan laws protect individuals who unintentionally cause harm to the people they intend to help in good faith. Florida’s Good Samaritan laws apply in emergency situations that occur outside of medical care facilities. Additionally, Florida law requires the consent of the victim if he or she sustained injuries. If the victim cannot respond, anyone who renders aid should only do so to the extent of his or her training and experience to limit the risk of unintentionally injuring the victim further.

Who is Covered By The Good Samaritan Law?

The Good Samaritan Law is designed to anyone who administers aid to injured and unconscious people in an emergency situation. Florida’s Good Samaritan Laws also apply to medical professionals who act in emergency situations. For example, a patient is unresponsive when he or she enters the emergency room, so the doctor cannot get the patient’s consent to perform treatment. The doctor successfully treats and stabilizes the patient, but the patient learned that the doctor performed a procedure or administered medication that conflicts with the patient’s religious beliefs. Since there was no way to secure the patient’s consent for the treatment and the doctor acted in good faith, the patient could not take action against the doctor.     

What is The Purpose of Good Samaritan Laws?

Ultimately, the Good Samaritan laws in Florida exist to encourage medical professionals and others to offer assistance to those who need it when appropriate. Without these laws, medical professionals and others who may be capable of offering assistance in emergency situations run the risk of absorbing liability for damages when they only intended to help.

It’s also important to note that these laws protect individuals who take action to prevent drug overdoses. When a person overdoses, minutes can mean the difference between life or death, but others nearby may hesitate to offer aid out of fear of drug crime charges. Florida’s Good Samaritan laws prevent an individual from suffering legal penalties for acting in good faith to save another person from an overdose-related death.

When To Contact An Injury Lawyer

A Good Samaritan cannot act out of hope of payment or reward, and the Florida laws only apply to situations in which a helper acts entirely in good faith out of genuine concern for the well-being of another. If you or a loved one experienced such an event where the Good Samaritan Act is coming into question, contact our reliable Tampa injury attorneys for more information.

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