Understanding Connecticut’s Good Samaritan Law
We often rely on the kindness of Good Samaritans to help us when we are in trouble. Whether a passerby stops if we are in a Connecticut car accident, or helps us after a slip and fall accident or even choking in a restaurant, Good Samaritans lend a helping hand when we often need it most.
In fact, Connecticut law states that any medical professional that renders emergency medical care free of charge outside of their place of employment or normal working conditions is immune from liability for negligence, including:
- Licensed doctors and dentists
- Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses
- Medical technicians
- Those operating resuscitation equipment
- Those trained in CPR and operating a defibrillator
Connecticut law also holds the following harmless for negligence in most volunteer situations if they have completed proper training courses:
- Firefighters or police officers
- Teachers or other school personnel
- Ski patrol members
- Conservation officers
- Patrol officers or special police officers
- EMS personnel
However, emergency medical technicians, lifeguards, ski patrol members, police officers, firefighters and more can be held liable when their conduct is reckless, willful or wonton.
The attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan have handled cases like this. If you or your loved one was treated by EMS personnel, were permanently injured and are questioning the level of care you received, call our office immediately. Our team will begin an immediate medical and legal investigation into your injury.