Good Samaritan Laws are state statutes, which means that individual state governments have approved these laws in their states. Some states choose to use the law to provide immunity to those who assist in emergency situations while other states actually require bystanders to help.
- Most of the 50 states provide immunity to those who administer care in emergency situations
- 8 states provide no immunity to private individuals not meeting certain criteria
- 24 states provide immunity for physicians rendering emergency care in a hospital
- 6 states exclude rendering emergency care in a hospital from Good Samaritan coverage
- 3 states require a duty to assist; if it is a reasonable emergency, physicians must assist
- (Source: http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/jan14/managing3.asp)