An Introduction to Florida’s Good Samaritan Act

Can you sue someone for damages if they were just trying to help you but accidentally made matters worse? Under Florida law (and in many other states as well), there are provisions in place to protect those who attempt to provide care in an emergency situation.

Florida’s Good Samaritan Act states that “Any person, including those licensed to practice medicine, who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment… at the scene of an emergency outside of a hospital, doctor’s office, or other place having proper medical equipment, without objection of the injured victim or victims thereof, shall not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment where the person acts as an ordinary reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.

This means that as long as the person attempting to help you did not act extraordinarily imprudently, you cannot sue them for damages that resulted from their intervention.

If someone was trying to help you in an emergency and actually made your situation worse, you may feel very angry. It is fair to want to hold someone accountable for the pain and suffering you have endured. You may find yourself wondering, “Why are these laws in place? If someone is going to cause me more harm than good, why are they allowed to intervene?” These are understandable questions.

The purpose of good samaritan laws is to prevent people from being punished for kindness and to prevent people who may be able to help in an emergency from standing back out of fear that they could be punished if they make an error. In the vast majority of emergency situations, help is welcomed. Good samaritans save lives every single day.

On the other hand, there are situations in which “good samaritans” behave so imprudently that they are no longer covered by this law. If you suspect that there was an intention to hurt you under the guise of helping, you may have a personal injury case on your hands.

If you have questions about your situation or need help deciding whether or not you can sue the person you consider responsible for your injuries, contact Sutton Law Group today . Our team has the knowledge and experience to help you determine the best way to move forward.

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