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Duty to Act Info

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by ffemt8978, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. Rick Tresnak

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  2. MedicDelta

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    Here in Canada no matter where you are(except Quebec) wether you are a trained medical professional, someone who knows first aid or just a passerby you have no legal duty to assist anyone having an emergency. You could be a paramedic and walk by someone choking and that wouldn't be illegal, sure would be immoral though.
     
  3. bradpop14

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    This would never happen in CA. Everyone has a virus, and the only cure is to sue!
     
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  4. huckleberry18

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    Arizona does not have a "Duty to Act and its sad to say that i live in this state. Alabama does not have one eather
     
  5. huckleberry18

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    Arizona does not have one but where i live in AZ we can stop and help.out if we have a ID showing who we are or in other words tell who ever is in charge we are a Emt or Firefighter
     
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  7. ViolynEMT

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    Expert: Michelle replied 8 years ago.
    DearCustomer/p>

    A Duty to Act is referred to as the Good Samaritan Law in Arizona

    And is found at A.R.S. § 32-1471 http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/32/01471.htm

    and says:

    Any health care provider licensed or certified to practice as such in this state or elsewhere, or a licensed ambulance attendant, driver or pilot as defined in § 41-1831, or any other person who renders emergency care at a public gathering or at the scene of an emergency occurrence gratuitously and in good faith shall not be liable for any civil or other damages as the result of any act or omission by such person rendering the emergency care, or as the result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured persons, unless such person, while rendering such emergency care, is guilty of gross negligence

    In essence, the law grants legal immunity to someone who offers help a person in need during an emergency such as a highway accident.



    Read more: http://www.justanswer.com/law/0lz1k-does-arizona-duty-act-law-so-it.html#ixzz3kQ3F4UhT
     
  8. reaper

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    Good Samaritan laws are not duty to act laws. Have nothing to do with each other.
     
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  9. ViolynEMT

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    I did not write this. I copied and pasted. Someone was asking about the law in Az.
    I don't know why it says they are the same thing here. I'm just the messenger.
     
  10. MackTheKnife

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    You equate Good Samaritan with Duty to Act erroneously. There are only two states with DTA laws on the books. Other states that have had them decided to do away with them because they couldn't legally define appropriately what DTA meant. I did a presentation on DTA here in FL and covered it for people certified in AHA CPR/First Aid. AED who were worried about DTA.
     
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  12. chriscemt

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    What constitutes "important duties to others" in the above?

    Like, is driving my kids to school considered "important duties to others"?
     
  13. LifeAlert101

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  14. DesertMedic66

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    The last couple of paragraphs is the info you are looking for:

    Under CGS § 52-557b(a), medical technicians who provide free emergency medical assistance outside their normal employment or practice are immune from liability for ordinary negligence.
     

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